Some of these pictures were taken as far back as mid May, but I haven’t had time to post them until now. Also, I’ve cropped them down small as not to take up too much space, but I still have the full-size ones, if anyone needs more detail (though keep in mind that many of the birds were far away and even high-res pictures may be pixelly).
For about two weeks I saw a lot of Western Tanagers. This one, possibly a female, has a juicy berry...
The only other time I have seen White-Crowned Sparrows was down in Bosque del Apache, and due to the lighting conditions, they were a lot browner. This one was in the deep shade.
This bird was half gray-brown, half yellow and about robin sized. He/She had a very sharp beak. This is the sharpest picture of the whole bird that I could get, and I haven’t seen it since. Like the above two, this bird and the following unknown yellow bird were in a huge tree in an alley south of Silver, east of Harvard...
Did you know you can hire guard hummingbirds?
Enjoying breakfast on Laguna Blvd. SW. Just watch out below for a light snow-fall of feathers.
More from Laguna Blvd. This bird was with a flock of three or four and they were merrily flitting from tree to tree, slowly heading north. I looked it up at home and am 99% sure it is a Cedar Waxwing, though it is yellower than any pictures in the books, except one picture of a one-year-old “immature” bird.
Seen just north of the Waxwing above, I think the following bird is a Bullock’s Oriole. I only saw it from the front – the brilliant yellow was hard to miss. It did cross the street and I was able to see it from below. Still yellow and I think the wings were dark, as the back of the neck seems to be. A Very Sharp Beak.
I saw this Sharp-Shinned hawk being chased by a smaller bird (it happened so fast I didn't see what the brave bird was). The hawk made it to the safety of a very high perch and stayed here quite a while, regaining his composure. This was at the park on 16th Street just a few blocks south of Central. This park and Laguna Blvd are good birding areas all year round.
I saw this robin, then realized she was taking this cricket to a nest a few inches away (not in the picture). I didn’t see any babies, though I did get pictures of her hunkering down in the nest guarding the kid(s).
My suggestions for bird watching include: go early while it’s still cool (or later if it's winter). All but one of the pics above was taken before 10am. Listen for calls you don’t recognize. Take water and a snack, and extra batteries for your camera. Set your camera up for “continuous” shooting so that if you get a good shot, you can take a lot of them and later delete any you don’t like (blurry ones, ones that the bird moved out of, it turned out to be a sparrow, that kind of thing). Have fun!
Thank you for the ideas and the link -- your pictures are beautiful! I was going to brag that I finally got some clear shots of a spotted towhee yesterday. It had just been up in a tree, screaming (or coughing or some weird noise) at a cat (who was terrified), then the bird flew a bit, landed on the ground nearby, and stated dashing around there. I got some shots... then my batteries demanded to be changed. However, your pictures are much more clear and clean and present good examples.
I enjoy having this place to post local birds :) Post some of yours here, too!