The Yellow-Rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) is not a regular visitor to our backyard. When I see flashes of yellow, it’s usually a little finch or, in the summer, a female Hooded Oriole.
Nature observations from our backyard in Rancho Bernardo, San Diego County, California.
Bewick’s Wrens are small and move fast, often close to the ground, which makes it challenging to photograph them with a pleasing background. This photo was, in a way, assisted by the American Robins.
The Hooded Orioles (Icterus cucullatus) have arrived in Southern California, which is in their breeding range. We’ve heard their chatty sounds for a week or two around our backyard now and on Friday, I finally managed to get a good picture of the couple (albeit individually) as it was coming through for some nectar snacks. 🙂
Do Not Disturb
Just something from our backyard right now: an urban coyote dozing & warming in the sun. I’m putting up the “Do not disturb” sign. 😅
In the backyard
The exciting bird sightings (hey, just for me!) in our backyard continue! Here’s a Nutall’s Woodpecker (Dryobates nutallii) that I spotted a few days ago. And with nice light on it, too!
The “invasion” of San Diego County by American Robins (Turdus migratorius) seems to continue! Eight of them were visiting my little feeding area in the early morning, but they’re only interested in the water, taking their time to take cute little sips, drinking slowly. The other birds that come for the birdseed were a bit irritated!
Coyote relaxing in the backyard: cute! 😍
The Robins are still coming to visit our backyard. They seem to particularly like the berries of the huge Brazilian Pepper that grows on the slope towards our neighbor at the back.
After a first cup of coffee, my morning routine includes filling up the feeders and spreading some birdseed on the ground, in places where I know the birdies like to go (sparrows and towhees seem to prefer the ground over the platform feeder that I built).