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Kittens +  Grenade


I have now positively identified the yellow-headed bird in the backyard as a Townsend's warbler.  There's also a black phoebe across the way, but I have been seeing more of those recently.  A rare treat was the black oystercatchers along the Playa del Rey breakwater.  Keeping the warbler company are also a bunch of enthusiastic bushtits/nuthatches/chickadees/titmice, but I haven't gotten a clear look at them!  They are tiny and move fast.

Besides the omnipresent in-city English sparrows, pests starlings, flying rats pigeons, mockingbirds, Ana's hummingbirds, mourning doves, scrub jays, Western gulls, California gulls, herring gulls, American crows, and slightly less often-seen but not rare house/purple finches, Brewer's blackbirds, red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures, ravens, and oh yes parrots, I have also spotted roadrunners (when on road trips, heh), an osprey or two, red-winged blackbirds, rocksAmerican kestrels (male and female, likely a mated pair), ring-necked doves, prairie falcons, willets, sanderlings, long-billed curlews, marbled godwits, black turnstones, killdeers, avocet, and a bunch of others I'm too lazy to remember or list at the moment.

The Townsend's and oystercatchers were a treat though.  There was also a snowy egret and a milieu of terns, sanderlings, willets and turnstones, but no blue herons.


I think it's utterly fantastic that you're back into birdwatching. It used to give you such delight, and is an interest that's all yours, coming from an inner drive and not something you "had" to do.

Besides, it's been a long time since you could tell a bird from a rock.

It's a moth! I'm sure it's a moth.
Oh man don't get me started on those damned rocks ...

Damned rocks ...
Well, you have to start somewhere. Why not with rocks?
I think ornathology is great. I happen to like Mallards with their beautiful green heads, red winged blackbirds because I saw a show on TV about them I still remember and hummingbirds because of how they make something that is very tough seem effortless. I would be curious as to the speed those birds flap their wings at.
Rubythroat.org sez:

"About 60-80 times per second in normal flight, up to 200 times per second in courtship dives."

One of the things I love about the site I work at is daily black and turkey vultures wheeling and sky-dancing outside my cubicle window.

That and the bluebirds...

Oooo! I have to start peppering my bird reports with images like this. And yes, I have seen the rare Townsend's warbler--but only the one time.
We're real lucky, this one seems to have taken up winter feeding station in the stand of trees outside our yard/window.