March 28, 2020

Birds at Famosa Slough in March 2020

Famosa Slough is one of the last remaining sections of coastal wetland in Point Loma. 

American Coot

I am calling this an Anna's Hummingbird. If anyone knows better, please let me know. 

Anna's Hummingbird?

Black Phoebe

Black-necked Stilt

Black-necked Stilt

Blue winged Teal

Great Blue Heron

Large billed Dowitcher (?)

Large billed Dowitcher (?)

House Sparrow (ID thanks to my rock jock friend Ryan P.)

Snowy Egret


House Sparrow (ID attributed to Ryan 'deep quarantine' Petterson 

Willet (adult non-breeding)

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

March 22, 2020

Birds in Anza Borrego State Park, Winter 2020

Red Shouldered Hawk and blackbird seen outside of Julian on drive home

Red Shouldered Hawk

Brewer's Blackbird

Birds below spotted out near Oriflamme Canyon, along a dry river bed in Anza Borrego State Park

Western Scrub Jay

Western Kingbird

Western Kingbird

Albert's Towhee
(credit due to Brock 'drop n roll' Roberts)

Cactus Wren
(credit for ID from Brock 'stop, drop and roll' Roberts)

Cassin's Finch

House Finch

March 5, 2020

Waterfowl spotted in Dog Beach estuary in March 2020

These dabbling ducks and shorebirds were seen in the mudflats near the outflow of the San Diego River. This is a tidal mud flat area that spills into Dog Beach in Ocean Beach, CA.

Many of these birds are only here for the winter.

American widgeon

Blue-winged teal (male and female)

Blue-winged teal (male)

Lesser yellow-legs

Royal Tern


February 16, 2020

Birds spotted near San Diego Bay, Winter 2020

Little Blue Heron
near Liberty Station

Birds spotted in Ocean Beach backyard, winter 2020

Bird sightings from my desk at OB home.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
eating palm fruits

Yellow-rumped Warbler
1st winter Audubon female

Birds spotted at Steamboat Springs in January 2020

Lots of snow piled up on the ground and the rivers are almost frozen.
Steamboat Springs, January 2020

American Dipper
on the almost frozen Yampa River

American Dipper dipping into water for bugs

Black-billed Magpie

Black-capped chickadee

Mountain Chickadee

Red shafted Northern Flicker

Red shafted Northern Flicker

Birds spotted in Northern Arizona, January 2020

Birds spotted at around 6000 feet in January near Happy Jack in northern Arizona.
Pine and Juniper forest. 

Acorn woodpecker

Common Raven
near recent fire burn in Happy Jack

Common raven soaring
(crows don't soar on thermals)

Stellar Jay

Townsend's Solitaire
in front of home in Happy Jack

Birds seen in December near Mission Bay, San Diego

Birds spotted along Mission Bay and the outflow of San Diego River into Dog Beach.
December, 2020

American coot foreground, grebe in background
San Diego River estuary

Great Blue Heron
Marina Villiage

Great Egret
Breeding plumage
Marina Villiage

Great Scaups 
adults and juveniles

Long billed Curlew

Marbled Godwit (foreground)