December 21, 2017 Imperial Dam LTVA, California

Costa's Hummingbird
Costa’s Hummingbird

Just Birds

Anna's Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird

I’ve had the hummingbird feeder out since I arrived here and it has attracted a few hummers, but not many. Today I finally managed a couple of shots of them as I waited around for the quail to show up.

Photo Setup
Photo Setup

All that gold/brown vegetation out there has made for some nice backgrounds for my setup here at the campsite.

Lesser Goldfinch
Lesser Goldfinch

Two new arrivals here today, this Lesser Goldfinch who flew in, took a look around and decided he didn’t see anything he liked …

Roadrunner
Roadrunner

… and this Roadrunner, who showed up as I was downloading images to the computer. The two shots of him were taken through my dinette window.

Roadrunner
Roadrunner

It really didn’t seem that cold to me at the time this shot was taken, around noon, but here he is in the classic “radiator” position.

Gamblel's Quail
Gamblel’s Quail
Gamblel's Quail
Gamblel’s Quail

The quail numbers continue to increase as does their frequency of showing up.

House Finch Lineup
House Finch Lineup

As always, lots of House Finches.

House Finch
House Finch
White-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow

And the same old assortment of LLB’s.

White-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Sagebrush Sparrow
Sagebrush Sparrow
Chipping Sparrows
Chipping Sparrows

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January 31, 2015 Ogilby Road BLM, California

Lesser goldfinch
Lesser goldfinch

Hummingbirds and the Rest of the Cast

White-crownded sparrow
White-crownded sparrow

After putting out a platform feeder next to the nectar feeders, and placing a bowl of water on it in addition to some seeds and nuts, I was a little surprised to see a fair number of birds appear.

As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

House finch
House finch
Lesser goldfinch
Lesser goldfinch

And in addition to them, out of the ground from beneath the feeder came what must be the resident family of ground squirrels.

Ground squirrel
Ground squirrel
Ground squirrel
Ground squirrel

The hummingbirds continue to squabble over possession of the nectar feeders.

Conflict
Conflict

I am just unable to capture any of the hundreds of combat scenes I witness here every day, the action is just too fast to be able to follow with the camera, and pre-focussing on a spot where I think the action will take place always has one of the combatants way out of focus. It would be like hitting the lottery to actually get both birds in the exact same plane of focus and catch the action. Nevertheless, it is very interesting to watch, especially when they take their battles straight up … and up, and up, sometimes probably 100 feet overhead.

Costa's hummingbird
Costa’s hummingbird

This is a shot of a male Costa’s perched on a branch of a bush a couple feet from the feeders, and, as always, on alert watching for intruders.

Costa's hummingbird
Costa’s hummingbird

Ditto for this guy.

Costa's hummingbird
Costa’s hummingbird

The shot above was taken just around sunset with the red ( where it should be blue violet ) throat of this Costa’s caused by the light source being reflected light from the red nectar feeder he was approaching.

Costa's hummingbird
Costa’s hummingbird
Anna's hummingbird
Anna’s hummingbird
Anna's hummingbird
Anna’s hummingbird
Anna's hummingbird
Anna’s hummingbird
Anna's hummingbird
Anna’s hummingbird

AnnasPerchedBranch10

All different kinds of lighting conditions today and I even played around with some artificial backgrounds, such as a grey blanket clipped to the bushes in the image directly above. With the Super Bowl tomorrow and then appointments Monday and Tuesday for motorhome maintenance, this will probably be it for hummingbirds at Ogilby Road. Now that I am warmed up, I really hope I will be able to find more hummingbird species as I head east and up in elevation next week.

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March 29, 2014 S. Llano State Park, Texas

 

Cedar Waxwing drinking
Cedar Waxwing drinking

Last night was a wonderful, star filled, cool night for sleeping with no intrusion by my neighbor’s spot lights. My thanks to the campground host who finally caught up with them and asked that they show some consideration for their neighbors.

As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

Cedar Waxwing drinking
Cedar Waxwing drinking
House finch
House finch
Lesser Goldfinch
Lesser Goldfinch

 

 

 

 

Yellow rump warbler Audubon race
Yellow rump warbler Audubon race
Yellow rump warbler Audubon race
Yellow rump warbler Audubon race

Out turkey hunting at 7 with no luck. Went down to the Acorn Blind and stayed until noon, getting a couple Black throated Hummingbird shots and another nice Cedar Waxwing shot, but nothing out of the ordinary for new birds.

Black chinned hummingbird
Black chinned hummingbird
Black chinned hummingbird
Black chinned hummingbird
Black chinned hummingbird
Black chinned hummingbird
Yellow rumped warbler Audubon race
Yellow rumped warbler Audubon race
Yellow rumped warbler Myrtle race
Yellow rumped warbler Myrtle race

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a younger man, I always kind of laughed to myself when I saw someone out gazing at the trees through a set of binoculars. Never could understand how anyone could enjoy the pursuit of birdwatching. Then I bought my first good long lens and snapped a few images of these little wonders, and before I knew it, I was addicted. Now it doesn’t seem so strange that people can get such a thrill out of this pasttime. I mention this only because I have just realized that I have become one of them. The two images immediately above kind of brought this realization around. I have gone from seeing these two birds and thinking, nice little yellow spotted birds, to recognizing them as yellow-rumped warblers, to actually seeing that they are two distinct races of yellow-rumped warblers. I still have to go home and get the images on the monitor and look them up in a bird book to know this, but I guess I am becoming a birdwatcher.

Checked on mail at the office and renewed for Sunday and Monday while awaiting my mail package from NH. Drove into Junction for some groceries and to check the library hours, turns out they are closed all weekend.

10 PM on another beautiful night and on comes the neighbor’s spotlight, fully illuminating my living room and bedroom. This after the campground host had told him to be a little more considerate and keep the lights off, especially on the driver’s side of his unit ( like all RVs, their exit door and outside living area are on the curbside of the unit ). Since I was inside watching TV, I decided to wait it out and maybe they would turn them off before I retired. 11:10 PM came and I walked over to their rig and knocked three times on their door. No response. Knock three more times and the wife comes to the door and asks what I want. I ask if they could turn off their spotlights since they have apparently gone to bed. She turns and walks away with no response. Really nice folks.

After 11PM, I am not about to wake the campground host to intervene once more, and with no cell phone coverage, I can’t call a park ranger, so I return to my rig and figure I will have to close up my motorhome, just like last week at Goose Island and turn on the AC, on a perfect, cool evening for sleeping. As I was ready to step into the RV, here comes the neighbor, aggressively striding across the space between our units, and obviously looking to start something. Not really wanting a confrontation, I almost went inside, but at the last moment turned and walked toward him. That kind of stopped his rapid progress toward me, but he came close enough to start cursing me out and wanting to know what my problem was. I stated the obvious to him, that his spotlights were completely illuminating my site once again, that I was aware he had been instructed not to do so again, and told him I would appreciate him just turning them off and let both of us get to sleep.

This guy had a manner about him that showed he was obviously some kind of aggressive control freak, and quite used to using intimidation to get his way. That someone challenged him on his behavior and that the campground host had actually told him he could not do something must have really stuck in his craw. I had to chuckle as he made his way back to his unit and had to shield his eyes against his own lights so he could see where he was going. The icing on the cake was when his other neighbor across the street from his unit ( and not really in direct line of his lights ) yelled out to him to shut the damn lights off!

At 11:40 finally the lights went out!

Black chinned hummingbird
Black chinned hummingbird
Black chinned hummingbird
Black chinned hummingbird
Black chinned Hummingbird
Black chinned Hummingbird

 

 

 

 

Black chinned hummingbird
Black chinned hummingbird
Black chinned hummingbird
Black chinned hummingbird
Black chinned hummingbird
Black chinned hummingbird