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Posted 25 April 2013 - 01:19 PM

We do have coyotes here.  But, they hunt primarily cats, dogs, cottontails and jack rabbits.  So, still no meep meeps...but I will jeep listening.



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Posted 29 April 2013 - 07:23 PM

one week later and two hungry mouths to feed.....

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 08:56 PM

Thanks for the update @marg keep them coming. Love hummingbirds.


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Posted 30 April 2013 - 03:44 AM

will try...if only birds would stay still!



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Posted 07 May 2013 - 12:04 AM

now two weeks old....

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 08:30 PM

Eighteen days after hatching the first one has made it out of the nest, first photo. Comes back to the nest.  The other one is trying its wings but has not yet flown. Maybe today.

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 04:15 AM

Today was the day...both of the young are flying.  Will do the bobcat later.



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Posted 20 May 2013 - 08:55 PM

a first sighting here for me today....a brown pelican.  It is in one of the lakes on the golf course which is out in the desert.

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 09:30 PM

a different camera and  two better photos...American Kestrel and Green Heron.  Both are year round residents.

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 04:34 AM

a new sighting...a juvenile red tail hawk in the tree not far from the nest.

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 06:03 PM

Correction....the last photo is a female Coopers Hawk.  The nest is high up in a tree and there are two young ones in it.  She is very protective and when under the tree, she will dive over the top of your head.  These hawks are smaller than the Red Tail Hawks and will eat  small birds.  Interesting as there are remains of birds  nearby.  This area is where Red Tail Hawks are often sighted so it is unusual to have this nest where it is.


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Posted 19 June 2013 - 08:05 PM

more birds...doves.  The larger White-Winged Dove is a summer resident.  The Mourning Dove is here all year, often having three broods a summer.  The Cooper's Hawks feed on these birds. 

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 07:36 PM

Birding here at this time of the year is quiet.  But, we had a first sighting last week....an adult and a juvenile Elegant Tern. They breed in the Gulf of California and in the San Diego area in the habitat of lagoons and beaches. They were at a lake out on the golf course!

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 10:44 PM

@marg there is a good article in the SD Union-Tribune about our local hawks.  Eric got picture of a Cooper's Hawk eating a small bird with a murder of crows harrassing him/her.  I will try to get him to post it - I am hopeless at photos.  Did you know the females are 30% bigger than the males.?



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Posted 20 October 2013 - 12:05 AM

We have Cooper's Hawks here and we see them dining on smaller birds.  Thanks!



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 05:42 AM

another first sighting here today.  I was out walking this afternoon on a service road that goes along part of the golf course.  I had been told that there had been eagle sightings.  I saw a large bird perched in a palm tree.  When I got home, I gathered the camera gear and headed back out.  It was next to a golf course lake, it swooped down to get a fish and flew to the other side.  I did find it but it was not an eagle but an osprey.  What are these shore birds doing here in the desert?!

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 06:02 PM

It's time for a spring/summer update in the desert.  In March the Great-tailed Grackles and the White-winged Doves arrived for the summer.  They have already gone elsewhere.  We are in a severe drought and it is unusual that we are not having more sightings and sounds around here.  Early summer we had Mallard ducklings and coveys of Gambel's Quail.  We also had a Cooper's Hawk nest with one successful offspring.  Now our most frequent sightings are Great Blue, Green and Black-crowned Night Herons.  A sad first was a Gilded Flicker that flew into one of our windows.  I watched it down on the patio for about thirty minutes and it finally flew away.  Phew.  A few photos..... ducklings, quail and flicker.

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 06:05 PM

And for the GW...meep meep

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Posted 04 October 2014 - 04:02 AM

We have lived here for fourteen years and it seems that each year I have a first sighting.  Today I received an e-mail from our golf course supt. saying that there were two unidentified birds out in a lake on the  golf course.  I gathered my cameras, jumped into the golf cart and went in search of them.  Ibis!  I could not believe it.  There are two white-faced ibis HERE in the desert.  It is almost like being in Africa!

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Posted 03 April 2016 - 12:14 AM

It's time for an update.  I sometimes feel that we are living in an aviary.   Birds are singing in the morning.  They go over the house creating shadows that make you look up to see what is flying by.  The Great-tailed Grackles have returned and are in and out of the palm trees and into golf carts snatching anything to eat. A Red-tailed Hawk nest has been built nearby and this morning when i went by an adult was sitting up in it. Last spring in the same area there was a nest with a successful hatch.  Unfortunately the ravens got into the nest and killed the chick.  In another area there was a successful Cooper's Hawk hatch.   The cactus are blooming and the hummingbirds and orioles are visitors in our yard.  This morning for the first time I was able to get a couple of photos of Hooded Orioles.  It is a great time of the year here in the desert.

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