I’ve been trying to sneak Jerry & the Boys into a post for months… It’s a bit of a shoehorn but I guess I’m still giddy from Sunday night’s Furthur show.
On to Ojai’s bird songs… Summer is finally over, which means the hooded orioles have moved south:
And the White-crowned sparrows have begun to arrive at backyard feeders:
On Saturday consummate bird maven John Pavelko led the Conejo Audubon Society crew for a bird watching extravaganza up Canada Larga road on the southern edges of our lovely valley. It is a unique 5 mile stretch replete with turnoffs where you can get out and scan the hills, dales, meadows mountains and valleys for our avian friends. Look real close and there are quite a few geocaches as well. John was kind enough to provide a list of the birds they spotted, here are some of the highlights. Thanks to the fabulous site All About Birds, run by the Cornell School of Ornithology. Click any of the bird names to link to more info, pictures and bird songs.
The smallest and most common falcon in North America this predator is often prey for Red Tailed hawks, barn owls, crows, corn snakes and even fire ants
Males will often mate with up to 5 females in a season. The unique stiff feathers about the face help the harrier hear prey, similar to an owl.
This small songbird uses its strong hooked bill with a strong notch to sever the spinal cord of its prey. it then impales the future meal on barbed wire or thorns while it proceeds to slice and dice.
Up to 46 races of barn owl worldwide, the North American is the largest. Strictly nocturnal predator swallows it’s prey whole, later coughing up pellets of indigestible material
A colorful thrush that likes to nest in cavities, the bluebird doesn’t have the bill to make it’s own holes for nests so it relies on woodpeckers or natural decay to create nooks for them.
Unique to California, smaller and more speckled than the more common acorn woodpecker.
Often seen crawling vertically up and down trunks or fences, the nuthatch gets it’s name from the habit of stuffing seeds or nuts into crevices then whacking them open with their beaks.
This beautiful little insect catcher of open woodlands is unique to the western united states.
The flicker is a woodpecker that spends a lot of it’s time on the ground hunting ants.
The master songsmith with the white eye stripe is nearly extinct in the Eastern United States due to the expansion of the aggressive House Wren
Recognizable by it’s bright plumage and dark cap it is the only migrant Warbler to winter in the tropics
Hear the unmistakable trill as the male tries to attract a mate. Like the California towhee they often feed as they hop along the ground.
Thanks again to John and crew….