Hooded Orioles

Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) male perched on the twig of a Cape Honeysuckle (Tecomaria capensis, a native of southern Africa). Rancho Bernardo, California; March 2023.

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. 🙂

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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!

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American Robin

American Robin in Morning Light

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).

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California Quails in Our Back Yard

Male and Female California Quail (Callipepla californica), Rancho Bernardo, California; August 2022.

While working in the back yard two days ago, I heard the call of California Quails — a first in our residential area; it was rather unexpected. Normally, we briefly see them on our local trails, where the sound of their fast wing beats are the most notable thing (“PRRRRRRRR”) as they fly away… they are very shy and skittish.

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