A Hummingbird In The Container Garden

A sweet little hummingbird in the backyard.

A sweet little hummingbird sat on a planter cage in the container garden.

This hummingbird has a few red patches on the neck.

This is a short slideshow of the sweet little hummingbird sitting on the planting cage.

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Watch the hummingbird flick his head back and forth in the video below.

Northern Mockingbird With Berry In The Beak

The other day on a walk I spotted a bird perched on a sign, so I zoomed in to capture the scene before the fowl flew away. I wish the image of the northern mockingbird had been more in focus, but I was elated to discover this creature was holding a red berry in the beak.

A northern mockingbird with a red berry in the beak.

 

The second image of the northern mockingbird is more grainy, but it gives you an idea of what this bird looks like in urban Southern California. There are many bushes and trees in our slightly more open areas since many places are still undeveloped, and our landscaping includes many trees. We are also near the mountains and deserts, so birds seem to thrive here.

Ducks At Grass Valley Lake

Two American Pekin ducks swimming along at Grass Valley Lake.
The mallard ducks floating on the lake.
The head feathers of a duck are tousled by the wind.
The ducks are standing on the solar light island with water shimmering all around.
A closeup of the ducks on the solar light island.
Many ducks are swimming along the shimmery water.
Zoomed out view of Grass Valley Lake, with the little ducks visible on the water.
Another view of the ducks on Grass Valley Lake.
The two American Pekin ducks swimming in the distance.
One of the white ducks has green on its bill.
The orange flipper of a duck is visible through the water.
Ripples of water all around the American Pekin ducks as they paddle along.
The white duck on the right is sticking its bill in the water.
A view of the American Pekin ducks from the back.

It was quite difficult to film the ducks with the gusty wind gushing into my face since I forgot to bring a jacket on my walk, but I did put together a short video.

 

 

 

 

 

The California Scrub Jay

A California scrub jay perched on an oak branch.
The royal blue head of the scrub jay is quite alluring.
The California scrub jay puts his peak up in the air.
The California scrub jay can be spotted from the distance in a tree.
The waning gibbous in sky behind the California scrub jay sitting in the oak tree.
The feathers of the California scrub jay are slightly fluttering in the wind.
The California scrub jay has a white eyebrow above his eye.
Notice how the California scrub jay had the claws wrapped around the oak branch.
The California scrub jay flew down to a scrub oak tree.

The Pacific Band Tail Pigeon

The Pacific Band-Tail Pigeon
The Pacific band-tail pigeon is sitting on an oak tree branch.

Yesterday I spotted a Pacific band-tail pigeon in an oak tree up in the San Bernardino Mountains.

The Pacific band-tail pigeon has broad shoulders.
The Pacific band-tail pigeon has slate colored feathers and broad shoulders.
The band-tail pigeon has a white stripe along its neck.
The band-tail pigeon has a white stripe along its neck.
A distance view of the Pacific band-tail pigeon on an oak tree.
A distance view of the Pacific band-tail pigeon on an oak tree.

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The Pacific band-tail pigeon also has a slightly darker band on his tail.

The Mountain Bluebird

Up in the San Bernardino Mountains, I used my zoom lens to capture a mountain bluebird who was a hundred feet above me. These images were not the crispest because the oak tree was in the shade of the afternoon hillside, but I think the bird is charming none the less.

The mountain bluebird in a tree a hundred feet above me. I used to zoom lens to capture this fowl.
The mountain bluebird in a tree a hundred feet above me. I used to zoom lens to capture this fowl.
The bird sits aloft on an oak branch.
The bird sits aloft on an oak branch. This is a good vantage point for any bird.
The bluebird is glancing at something to caught his attention.
The bluebird is glancing at something to caught his attention.
I had to utilize photo editing software to make the blue bird visible in some of the photographs.
I had to utilize photo editing software to make the blue bird visible in some of the photographs.

 

 

 

 

 

Dark-Eyed Junco Bird In The Forest

Dark-eye junco bird in the forest.
Dark-eye junco bird in the forest.

I zoomed in from about two hundred feet away on another dark-eyed junco bird gathering food off the forest ground.

Here is a short video clip of the dark-eyed junco bird foraging for food in the forest.

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I also captured some more photographs of the junco bird pecking at the ground and jumping about.

Steller’s Jay In A Cedar Tree

The stellar jay is sitting in a cedar tree.
The Steller’s jay sat in a cedar tree early this morning.
The stellar jay sat on a low branch of the cedar tree.
The Steller’s  jay was perched on a low branch of the cedar tree.
The jay is visible through a v cross section of the branches.
The jay was visible through a v-shaped cross section of the branches.
The stellar jay has black and dark blue feathers.
The Steller’s jay has black and dark blue feathers.
The stellar jay has a black head.
The Steller’s jay has a black head.
The midsection of the stellar jay is blue.
The midsection of the Steller’s jay is blue.
The stellar jay has a black tail.
The Steller’s jay has a black tail.
The Steller's jay is also known as a pine jay since it lives in mountainous regions.
The Steller’s jay is also known as a pine jay since it lives in mountainous regions.
The Steller's jay has his talons wrapped around the cedar branch.
The Steller’s jay has his talons wrapped around the cedar branch.