Archive for June, 2018

debunkshy: Dusky Flycatcherde Anza Trail, AZ, 1-21-17 #270The…

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

debunkshy:

Dusky Flycatcher

de Anza Trail, AZ, 1-21-17

#270

The best place in Santa Barbara County to find these fun little flycatchers breeding is Big Pine Mountain, so it’s super-helpful to go there if you want to hear them singing on-territory. And at least for someone with my limited Empidonax expertise, hearing them singing is pretty much required in order to identify them.

Anyway: Dusky Flycatcher achievement unlocked!

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northwestnaturalist: Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea)…

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

northwestnaturalist:

Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea) Sittidae

Council Grove State Park, MT
March 16, 2015
Robert Niese

There are three species of Nuthatch in the Pacific Northwest, but the Pygmy Nuthatch is the only one endemic to our region. These birds are only found in the Rockies and inland Pacific Northwest. They are particularly fond of old Ponderosa Pine forests.

#269

Saw lots of these adorable little squeakers on Big Pine Mountain over the last few days. 🙂

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sunwendyrain: Scott’s Oriole Big Bend, Texas #268The other…

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

sunwendyrain:

Scott’s Oriole 

Big Bend, Texas

#268

The other desert bird I was hoping to add in my Cuyama trip. I heard two of them singing before sunrise, then got good looks at a third one while hiking the trail.

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#267Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis)Eight of them, at…

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

#267

Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis)

Eight of them, at least, looking pretty much like this as they chased each other above Ballinger Canyon. Such cool birds; I get such a thrill out of seeing nightjars.

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digitalaviary: Black-throated SparrowIn Arizona we often call…

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

digitalaviary:

Black-throated Sparrow

In Arizona we often call this bird the Desert Sparrow. In the winter small flocks search for seeds and insets hidden under tangles of cactus. Hikers are often startled by the whirring wings of surprised Black-throated Sparrows. 

#266

This desert species just barely makes into the northeast corner of Santa Barbara County, where another birder recently reported seeing some. Today was the first chance I’ve had to check them out; one popped up singing right in front of me about 5 minutes after I arrived at the spot where I’m currently camping. Yay!

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