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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Birds, birds, birders

Today a total of 56 species have been identified, though I'm sure some got past us.

Scaled Quail  20
Turkey Vulture  4
Eurasian Collared-Dove  2
White-winged Dove  70
Mourning Dove  12
Western Screech-Owl  2
Elf Owl  2
Common Poorwill  1
Lucifer Hummingbird  1
Black-chinned Hummingbird  1
Broad-tailed Hummingbird  1     male
Belted Kingfisher  1     male
Ladder-backed Woodpecker  2
American Kestrel  2
Dusky Flycatcher  1
Say's Phoebe  2
Ash-throated Flycatcher  2
Cassin's Kingbird  1
Bell's Vireo  2
Plumbeous Vireo  1
Common Raven  2
Verdin  2
Bewick's Wren  1
Cactus Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
Curve-billed Thrasher  2
Orange-crowned Warbler  1
MacGillivray's Warbler  1     female
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Wilson's Warbler  2
Green-tailed Towhee  1
Rufous-crowned Sparrow  1
Canyon Towhee  1
Chipping Sparrow  15
Clay-colored Sparrow  2
Brewer's Sparrow  3
Lark Sparrow  2
Black-throated Sparrow  6
Lark Bunting  3     2 males in summer plumage/ 1 female
Lincoln's Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  2
White-crowned Sparrow  20
Summer Tanager  1
Pyrrhuloxia  6
Lazuli Bunting  1     male
Indigo Bunting  1     male
Varied Bunting  2     male
Brewer's Blackbird  15
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Scott's Oriole  1
House Finch  5
Pine Siskin  10
Lesser Goldfinch  3
American Goldfinch  2

In all the excitement, I didn't notice my camera setting was wrong, so I didn't get any half-way decent photos. Here's the best I got. It's a male Broad-tailed Hummingbird that visited briefly. He fed from a feeder, bathed, preened, and left. Here he is preening. Hate it that all my other photos were blurs. This one blurred the neck action obviously. Some birds treat the oasis like it's a truck stop.  Quickly grab a bite to eat, drink, bathe, and they're back on the sky highway.



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