When thinking about birding around San Diego, there are so many habitats - like the lagoons, beaches, and deserts in the previous posts - it is easy to overlook the great variety of birds that can be found in backyards throughout the area. We were fortunate in finding a rental property that shared a lovely garden with our very generous hosts. This habitat provided some great birding from the moment we woke up on our first morning.
|Almost the first birds we saw on the trip - Anna's Hummingbird, Calypte anna, and Black Phoebe, Sayornis nigricans, side by side above the back fence.|
|A House Finch regaling us with morning song - the yellow-orange coloration is not a morph I've seen in Alberta|
|Yellow-rumped Warblers (Audubon's subspecies) are year-round residents in parts of California but didn't show up in Alberta until about four weeks after I took this photo|
|Similarly, White-crowned Sparrows spend the winter here and should be showing up any day now|
|This California Towhee was feeding underneath a Hyacinth Macaw at the San Diego Zoo - I took a little flak from my wife for taking this photo first! Definitely an "LBJ" but also a real stunner - it's all in the eyes.|
|Bins and beer - probably signs of a good holiday!|