Labor Day Weekend Birds at the Water Feature

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For the past few weeks I have been noticing new birds in my yard but I haven’t had time to really assess the situation. This holiday weekend, with fall migration underway, I was able to relax around the house and catch up with what is going on in the real world. The world of birds that is!

I hung out at home all weekend, working in the garden and relaxing on the porch overlooking the water feature we built several years ago (see photo above and click on any photo to see full sized image).

You will notice in the photo above that there is a Silver Dollar Eucalyptus tree which overhangs the pond. This seems to be a staging area for birds heading for the waterfall or pond to drink and/or bathe. This male Anna’s Hummingbird has been defending this blooming tree and the waterfall as well, trying to keep all other hummers away.

Water Feature all photos by Larry Jordan

The most exciting thing for me this weekend was adding several new birds to my yard list and seeing some first of the year birds as well. A bird I have never seen in my yard before, this male Black-throated Gray Warbler Dendroica nigrescens was the first of my surprises this weekend.

Then I spotted a (), another new bird to my yard.

Another newbie to the yard, acting coy, showing itself briefly before ducking for cover, was the Warbling Vireo (). One of only three Vireo species found in Shasta County.

And the fourth new bird for my yard list (if I kept a yard list ) would be this ().

Also hanging out in the Eucalyptus tree was a pair of Western Tanagers () that looked like they had finished molting into their definitive basic plumage (normally occurring in August) following their breeding season.

Then there was the return of the () which I had seen here before but not this conspicuously.

Two California Towhees () also showed up at the pond this morning. I snapped a photo of this molting Towhee in the same Eucalyptus tree.

Needless to say, with all these new birds visiting, I didn’t get too much work done around the house but hey, what are holidays for?

I did put together a video of clips of some of these birds, as well as other local avifauna, at the waterfall and the pond from this weekend. They appear in the video in the following order: Anna’s Hummingbird, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Goldfinch, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, Acorn Woodpecker, Oak Titmouse, (molting), Western Scrub-Jay (juvenile), and Nashville Warbler. Turn up your speakers and enjoy!

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Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan is an avid birder and amateur photographer living on the Pacific Flyway near the Central Valley of Northern California. He is a board member of his local Audubon Society and is a bird and wildlife conservationist. Larry contributes to several wildlife conservation organizations and is a BirdLife International "Species Champion." He is also Habitat Manager for the Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, an organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Western Burrowing Owl population in the United States. Larry has been blogging about birds since September of 2007 at TheBirdersReport.com

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Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan is an avid birder and amateur photographer living on the Pacific Flyway near the Central Valley of Northern California. He is a board member of his local Audubon Society and is a bird and wildlife conservationist. Larry contributes to several wildlife conservation organizations and is a BirdLife International "Species Champion." He is also Habitat Manager for the Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, an organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Western Burrowing Owl population in the United States. Larry has been blogging about birds since September of 2007 at TheBirdersReport.com

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