- During my walk along the creek (about half a mile downstream from Stevenson Bridge) yesterday morning I observed an unusually large group of about 10Message 1 of 68 , May 1, 2008View SourceDuring my walk along the creek (about half a mile downstream from
Stevenson Bridge) yesterday morning I observed an unusually large group
of about 10 Townsend's Warblers foraging in cottonwood trees. Traveling
with them were 2 Wilson's and 1 Orange-crowned Warbler. Nearby a pair
of Olive-sided Flycatchers were sitting next to each other on a high
perch above the creek and after sallying out after passing insects
would return to sit together again. In the past, I have seen
Olive-sided Flycatchers passing through only as singles. Also, an
osprey has been flying along the creek, off and on, for about the last
10 days. Black-headed Grosbeaks are abundant and in full courting mode.
A few days ago, I observed four males pursuing a female, all four of
them singing in flight, an almost comical spectacle. The Hooded Orioles
have started building their many nests in earnest. Almost every day I
discover a new nest sewn to the underside of a palm fan. The Bullock's
Orioles, too, seem to have begun building nests since I saw a female
this morning carrying building material towards the sycamores in front
to my house. The Bewick's Wrens inside their tree stump nest next to
the creek are close to fledging. The Black Phoebes are already on their
second brood while the Black-chinned Hummingbirds can be seen
collecting spider webs and cottonwood down, but I have yet to find any
of their nests.
- After a three week absence, I resumed my bird walks along the creek behind my house about half a mile below Stevenson Bridge. Not surprisingly, the earlierMessage 68 of 68 , Oct 6, 2013View SourceAfter a three week absence, I resumed my bird walks along the creek behind my house about half a mile below Stevenson Bridge. Not surprisingly, the earlier rain and the more recent fierce North wind had put a pretty complete stop to the fairly strong showing of neotropical migrants in late August and the first week of September. I still found one Black-throated Gray Warbler yesterday and a Western Tanager today, but otherwise we are clearly into our winter mode around here, with many Yellow-rumped Warblers, a few Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and a growing number of Northern Flickers. A nice surprise today were two Say's Phoebes at my house and even more surprising, two Peregrine Falcons perched about 50ft apart in the tall dead eucalyptus behind my house. I have never seen two of these falcons at the same time around here. White-crowned and Golden-crowned sparrows are assembling their traditional flock around my seed feeder and a Fox Sparrow joined them today, just as in previous years. Anna's Hummingbirds are plentiful, of both sexes and all age groups, attracted not only by my feeders but also by the many salvias putting out their best fall bloom.