This Zoned-tailed Hawk says hey, “where you guys been”? Y’all know we’ve traveled all over the western U.S. including a lot of time birding that great Ol’ state of Texas. I think I’m getting over a Texas way of pronouncing things. That may take some time.
My darling Debbie and I are back in L.B. checking out the hurricane damage to the bird population. First observations tell me many birds did well. I’m seeing many Orioles, like this Scott’s Oriole.
Looks like the Gila Woodpecker families did well. They probably hunkered down in their holes in Cardon Cactuses.
It’s the birds I’m not seeing thats bugging me. The hummingbirds in particular. I’ve seen only one Costa’s Hummingbird.
A desert hummingbird, Costa’s Hummingbird breeds in the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts of California and Arizona. It departs the desert in the hottest days of summer, moving to chaparral, scrub, or woodland habitat.
So hopefully, the Hummingbirds are not around because it’s still a little hot.
Xantus’s Hummingbird: Rare to accidental in southern half of the peninsula of Baja California. Normally found in Mexico (Purissima south to San Jose del Cabo). Has been documented in southern California and British Columbia. Preferred habitats include arid to semiarid scrub, open brushy forests, and gardens.
I was really pleased to see the little Verdins nesting.
Now that we are back I’m looking foreword to some birding adventures. Until next time, Happy Birding!