October 2005

10.22.2005 9:38Lick Observatory, Wildlife

This morning a quick look out the window and refilling of the bird feeders gave me a few birds.

Band-tailed Pigeon 6
Red-bellied Sapsucker 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Anna’s Hummingbird 1
Lesser Goldfinch 1
Pine Siskin 2
Scrub Jay 1
Dark-eyed Junco 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Golden-crowned Sparrow 3

I’ll probably add to this list as the day goes on.

I’m also planning on doing a history walk at Grant Park and some bird watching. If I see anything interesting I’ll update this post.

10.21.2005 13:05Lick Observatory, Wildlife

Today I saw my first Pine Siskins at my feeder in months. They are probably
just passing though migrating to where ever they go.

Today’s sightings at my feeder were:
Pine Siskin 10
Dark-eyed Junco 8
Scrub Jay 2
Band-tailed Pigeon 1
House Finch 3
Anna’s Hummingbird 3 females
Black Phoebe 1
Western Bluebird 2 (male and female)
Acorn Woodpecker 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Oak Titmouse 2
Golden-crowned Sparrow 3
Lesser Goldfinch 4 (2 male, 2 female)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Spotted Towhee 1

10.17.2005 13:07Lick Observatory, Wildlife

Today between 1 and 2pm I managed to squeeze a little time to wander around my
house again to seek birds. It started pretty slowly (nothing hopping around in the fruiting elderberry bushes here – which is unusual this time of year). Best sighting today was finally discovering a nest hole for the acorn woodpeckers that are constantly here. I watched woodpeckers wander in and out of the hole for 20+ minutes.

Other birds sighted:

Band-tailed Pigeon 2
Turkey Vulture 2
American Crow 6
Scrub Jay 3
Lesser Goldfinch 4 (1 male, 3 female)
House Finch 2 (male + female)
Western Bluebird 2 (male + female)
Golden-crowned Sparrow 3
Dark-eyed Junco 20+
Acorn Woodpecker 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Oak Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Anna’s Hummingbird 1 female

Two days ago while driving through Grant Park I saw 2 white-tailed kites, which I rarely see down there (though I think this pair nests there because I see them regularly).

10.13.2005 10:50Wildlife

I managed to find another small chunk of time to see what birds are around my house. Surprising today were no band-tailed pigeons (usually ubiquitous around my bird feeders).

Acorn Woodpecker 3
Nuttall’s Woodpecker 1 male
White-Breasted Nuthatch 3
Dark-Eyed Junco 10
Oak Titmouse 2
Western Bluebird 3
Scrub Jay 3
Steller’s Jay 1
Lesser Goldfinch 1
Golden-Crowned Sparrow 5
Red-Breasted Sapsucker 1
House Finch 2
Ruby-Crowned Kinglet 1
Anna’s Hummingbird 1 female

10.07.2005 8:19Wildlife

Well, after neglecting this blog for ages, I’ve decided I’ll post lists of what birds I’ve seen on an occasional basis. Unless otherwise stated, bird reports will be for Mount Hamilton, CA.

This morning I heard a bird I didn’t recognize, so I went searching for it. Didn’t find it but I did have a good hour of watching birds anyway. Tally was:

Dusky Flycatcher 1
Nuttal’s Woodpecker 1 female
Acorn Woodpecker 6
Townsend’s Warbler 1
Scrub Jay 10
Steller’s Jay 1
Oak Titmouse 2
Dark-eyed Junco 12+
Golden-Crowned Sparrow 4
Anna’s Hummingbird 2
Western Bluebird 4
Spotted Towhee 2
Lesser Goldfinch 3
Band-tailed Pigeon 6
Mourning Dove 1
California Quail (heard, not seen)
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Finch 4