It's happened again, I've completely lost interest in posting on this blog. :-( In fact, the entire month of April went by with nary an update. Why does this happen?
I think a lot of that is due to a) no one I actually know checks this blog, and b) I prefer to post photos to Facebook and Flickr. Anyway, maybe I'll revive it this month. Hold on tight, you might be in store for more than 0 posts. Can you manage?
With the onset of spring/summer here in the Central Valley, I've started doing riparian point counts. Pretty fun stuff.
Here's a BLUE GROSBEAK, a relatively new arrival:
San Joaquin River NWR:
Last weekend I birded a little up in the foothills of eastern Sacramento County. A couple of the LARK SPARROWS were tame enough for me to grab the lens:
This bird, however, was a decent find. It's a BREWER'S SPARROW, a rare spring migrant on this side of the Sierras:
Last week I was fortunate to have four different hummingbird species at my feeders in one day. Here is the star of the show, a male CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD:
I've been startled with how numerous SWAINSON'S HAWKS have been in recent weeks. In my experience, they are outnumbering Red-tailed Hawks by at least 5:1.