Fall migration must be happening. Just this week I am seeing small flocks of birds in the yard, which weren’t here during the summer months – Robins, House Sparrows, and Black Birds.
American Goldfinch, Downy Woodpecker, Red-Shafted Flicker, White-Breasted Nuthatch, Black-Capped Chickadee, Eurasian Collared Dove, Mourning Dove, Bushtit, Blue Jay, House Finches, Common Nighthawk, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird
OoO-These tiny hummingbirds need to get going. I have enjoyed feeding and watching them all summer.
There are lots of web-sites that track the Hummingbird’s spring and fall migration. Here is one that is gearing up to track their fall migration. Journey North
Here is another one with color-coded, migration maps and great information on the Hummingbirds. Hummingbird Central
OoO-Of course my Western Scrub Jay is still around.
OoO-For the last several days, I have observed this young Spotted Towhee feeding at the feeders. He/She is maturing nicely. It was looking pretty scraggly in its young feathers. Not a good photo, but you can see the colors starting to come in.
Fall is coming. Take some time to enjoy the birds in your area and be on the lookout for ones passing through. If you can, assist the Hummingbirds on their way south by putting out feeders.
Hopefully, she is molting, because she sure looks “scrubby”.
We will be sitting outside having our morning coffee or out in the evening having a glass of wine and she will fly to the post you see her sitting on. She will peck at the wood for attention and pieces of wood will break off. (Naughty Bird)
This Western Scrub Jay is the same bird that visited us last summer.
She will fly down to the deck railing and just sit there with us. Sometimes she will “sing” very softly.
I read that a Scrub Jay can live to be fifteen years old. I sure hope this one is around for a long time.