Archive for May, 2017

BirdNotes – 31 May 2017 – more backyard birds

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Wonderful sight in the early morning sky. Over a dozen Nighthawks zooming and swooping overhead. My thanks to them for clearing the skies of insects. Tried time after time to get a photo, no luck their flight pattrn is just too ‘hurky-jerky’. Instead, I photograph the birds at the feeded, they stay in one place long enough for a shot.


BirdNotes – 30 May 2017 – more backyard birds

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

A little 10 second drama this morning. I’m in the backyard waiting for the sun to come up when I hear noise coming from the palm tree.

BirdNotes – 29 May 2017 – Young Verdin feeding

Monday, May 29th, 2017

This time of the year the mangos and plums ripen. Before the ripe fruit falls the orioles, finches and woodpeckers are harvesting the crop. The only thing I get are the well eaten leftovers.

BirdNotes – 28 May 2017 – some backyard birds

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

It’s 7 AM, sun just coming up, feeders (and my morning coffee cup) are all filled and camera in hand. First guys to show up are a pair of California Quail. They fly up in the plum tree and I get a few real closeup shots. Then the cardinals land on the feeder and it’s a couple of more close ups. Somewhere high in the pistashio tree a Scott’s Oriole is singing his beautiful song.


BirdNotes – 27 May 2017 – Female House Finch closeups

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Cup of coffee in hand. Sitting in my wheelchair as the sun comes up, on another clear, calm day.


BirdNotes – 26 May 2017 – Gray Thrasher

Friday, May 26th, 2017

A common bird in our area paid a short visit to my feeder this morning. The Gray Thrasher is a fairly large (Robin size) speckled brown bird with a decurved (curves downward) bill. His song (when he sings) is beautiful and he often mimics other birds.


BirdNotes – 25 May 2017 – Little Verdin and hibiscus

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

I enjoyed watching a little stranger at the birdbath. He is an uncommon resident and I don’t see him often.


BirdNotes – 24 May 2017 – Another wren story

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

I sat down here at the computer to write today’s BirdNotes when I was rudely interrupted by a Cactus Wren. The wren slammed into the window hard enough that I thought he had hurt himself.


BirdNotes -23 May 2017 – Quail portraits

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

What can I say … today is like yesterday, like the day before, and like the day before that, and on and on.


BirdNotes – 22 May 2017 – Cactus Wren story in photos

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

These are ‘cooky-cutter’ days. Clear, calm, with temps in the 80’s. Weather could not be better, except we really need some rain … been over six months without a drop.
Witnessed a Cactus Wren catching a carpenter bee. He beat the bee until it was dead. I expected the wren to then gobble the bee for breakfast … instead I got to film the feeding of his/her (sexes alike) young.