Saturday, August 23, 2014

Medley of bird photos at Palomar Mountain

I have several bird photos from July 13 up on Palomar Mountain that I haven't had a chance to show, yet. So here they are with minimal comments.

Oak Titmouse
Oak Titmouse. Palomar Mountain, California. July 13, 2014. Greg Gillson.
Restricted to oak groves (imagine that!). Previous post on Oak Titmouse at Hot Springs Mountain.

California Towhee
California Towhee. Palomar Mountain, California. July 13, 2014. Greg Gillson.
Common in chaparral, thus a widespread species in San Diego County. Previous post on California Towhee.

Spotted Towhee
Spotted Towhee. Palomar Mountain, California. July 13, 2014. Greg Gillson.
Notice the grubs that dad has for his nestlings.

Band-tailed Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon. Palomar Mountain, California. July 13, 2014. Greg Gillson.
These pigeons are quite common in the oak and pine mountains.

Mountain Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee. Palomar Mountain, California. July 13, 2014. Greg Gillson.
Found in mountain conifers in the west. This bird is foraging on a live-oak. This is the only chickadee found in San Diego County (not counting the very similar Oak Titmouse, Bushtit, and Verdin).

Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco. Palomar Mountain, California. July 13, 2014. Greg Gillson.
Several forms of Dark-eyed Juncos can be found here in winter. This (Oregon Junco) is the most common and only nesting form. The belly feathers of this male are very messed up, probably from sitting on the nest for the past couple of weeks.