Archive for October, 2018

BirdNotes – Oct 25 2018 – Female Costa’s Hummingbird

Friday, October 26th, 2018

This morning dawns bright and clear. Temps are a cool 78, with little or no breeze.

A short stint at the backyard feeder yielded a pair of Costa’s hummers. Here are some photos.

Can you believe the length of that tongue?

The females are plain green and white. They lack the striking purple gorget of the male.

altho plain in color, I find them delightful.

 

BirdNotes – 25 Oct 2018 – Backyard Birds

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

The day starts overcast so photography was not good this morning.

An adult male Northern Cardinal was an early visitor to the seed feeder. He loves sunflower seeds

A young Northern Cardinal shows up. Too early to tell if it is a he or she. Note the dark colored bill. This will lighten color as this juvenile gains his adult feather colors.

 

BirdNotes – 23 Oct 2018 – Photos at the bird feeders

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

 

This morning’s featured bird is the Cactus Wren. A common bird in our part of Baja. A handsome bird. Bold and fearless they often walk right into my house in search of insects.

 

This shot is a Cactus Wern sitting on a Cordon cactus. The CW is the largest of the wrens and is found much further south than other wrens.

Spotted breast, dark brown streaked back and a large decurved bill are good field marks. The white eye stripe is a ‘dead giveaway’.. Both sexes are alike. They build a nest deep in the chooya cactus.

A handsome, bold, insect eater. One of my personal favorite Baja birds.

 

BirdNotes – Oct 22 2018 – Crested Caracara

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

The Crested Caracara is a local Baja bird. It’ ranges into the SW states in the north to central South  America. A strikingly handsome black and white bird about 2 feet tall.

The head markings are a vivid red, white face and black crown.

The Caracara is the largest of the falcon family. While it is classed as a raptor, it prefers carrion and is often seen over roadkill. I fact I often see early morning caracaras patroling the highway for roadkill,

Often seen with Turkey Vultures at a kill. The Turkey Vulture lacks the strength to tear open a fresh carcass. The caracara, on the other hand, has the strength. After the carcass is opened, the vultures often drive off the smaller caracara

I hope you enjoyed learning about another Bajabird.

Birdnotes – Sunday 22 Oct 2018

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

 

this Sunday morning dawned with clouds on the eastern horizon. While I got out by 6:30 the light did not get bright until after 0800. The list for this morning was 10 different species. The highlight was a Lesser Roadrunner. I got a lot of photos, while he posed. I’ll share them here.

Check out that long tail … as long as his body

A handsome bird about 3 foot long and about a foot tall.

Note the eye patch … red white and blue.

A very alert bird … notes if anything moves.

 

Another close-up

Could not stop taking his portrait as he posed for me

One of my very favorite Baja birds