After hearing about our experience with a grumpy (to say the least) rancher up San Antonio Road a few weeks ago, our new friends Scott and Kathleen, invited us up to their paradise, Rancho Encinalito, which is also near San Antonio Rd. Scott and Kathleen live off-the-grid in a home they built with great attention to detail. An extreme get-a-way with a pond, garden, orchard and lots of land. They let us know that the person that was rude to us was NOT the norm for that area. Enough said, now about the birds—
Have you ever seen one of these Hummingbirds before? Of course you have. This is a Costa’s Hummingbird. How many are you seeing around your feeders this year? Only a few, at best probably. We saw a few on our way up to the ranch, none at their feeders, just like at our casa. Well, we have one or two. We used to have ten or twenty. I hope their low numbers is just because there is lots of feed for them out in the countryside due to a few late rains.
We saw a Zone-tailed Hawk perched like a guard watching over the entry gate.
And out on the flats, the low land near the entry to San Antonio, a cardon cactus supports a handsome Harris’s Hawk. Not many of these boys around this year either.
On our walk into the ranch, the brush was full of birds like this Black-headed Grosbeak.
And lots of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.
Pacific-Slope Flycatchers were a common sight.
We even saw a Gilded Flicker.
Again, my darling Debbie and I would like to thank Scott and Kathleen for their honest-hospitality and we wish them good fortunes. Happy Birding from Chris and Debbie!