Friday, January 7, 2011
Williamson’s Sapsucker: Veterans Memorial Park, Sylmar, CA
The Williamson's Sapsucker was present late this afternoon at Veteran's Memorial Park in Sylmar. It spent a lot of time on the fourth pine tree south/east of lamppost #20.
Now, to be honest, we saw it on the first and fifth pine tree, but it was nice to have such clear directions. It was a really pretty bird to see and shows a bit more detail and color than our yellow-bellied sapsuckers.
Out of Focus Birds Obscured by Leaves.
We get occasional compliments from friends on our photos. Here, we illustrate some photos that aren't great. The top is a red-naped sapsucker from Lacy Park in Pasadena. The bottom is a bulbul from Kewen Canyon in Pasadena. Or maybe it's the other way around. Each is the best photo we got of a bird that is a new addition to our life list.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Cedar Waxwings: Lacy Park in Pasadena
Townsend's warbler: Lacy Park, Pasadena
Acorn Woodpeckers: Lacy Park in Pasadena
Acorn woodpeckers store food in repositories, holes they peck in trees. We've seen oak tree repositories before but never palm tree repositories.
Hermit Thrush: Lacy Park, Pasadena
Here's a hermit thrush. At first, we thought it was an ovenbird, but when we checked on ebird, we saw that there hasn't been an ovenbird within 200 miles of Pasadena but a hermit thrush was sighted in the park the same day we visited. Some day we'll get better at making the ID between the two.