Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Hummingbird Mom on her nest

Yorba Linda -

Kim Cantrell's cute Mother hummingbird sitting on her nest in Kim's yard.
Great Pic!


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Kim's Mama Mourning Dove, Hummingbird Egg and Mailbox Bluebird

Take a look at what's going on in Kim Cantrell's yard this month.
A mama mourning dove sitting on her nest eggs, a hummingbird egg in its nest and a western bluebird sitting on Kims's mailbox. The mother hummingbird was near by buzzing around Kim while she took the picture, so that indicates its a live egg. Maybe we'll see a baby hummer and baby doves soon. Keep us posted Kim. 








Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Sorry to Report....................

Fellow Bird Watchers......I'm so sorry to give you this news.
All six baby bluebirds were due to fledge yesterday on May 29th. 
Sometime between 8 p.m. on the 27th and early morning May 28th, a small predator of some sort got through the small door hole of the birdbox and killed all six defenseless chicks. My belief is that it was a small rodent(s). This can happen whether the birds are in a notch hole in a tree or birdbox. In 7 years, this has never happened on our watch. I'm reminded, along with the beauty of nature, that it has its natural downside. Our great horned owls weren't on their usual patrol that night.
After a couple days of mourning, I noticed the Mom and Pop building a new nest in our other bluebird box. Nature has its strong lessons. In the case of these bluebird parents, it is, to rebuild and move forward.
RIP sweet little Blues.
Eggs and Bird Video below (Need adobe flash for video) 
    

                                            video




Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Season 2017 - Baby Blues Day 7


Hey there bird watchers!! I was able to get a real quick pic of the 7 day old bluebird babies without getting dive bombed & pecked by the parents. All six are alive. The late bloomer is at the top left with a closed beak.

Stay tuned.............

Day 7


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Season 2017 Baby Blues Day 4



Day 4 - Sunday, Mother's Day - USA
Click on pics once to enlarge







Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Season 2017 Baby Blues Born


Wild Baby Bluebirds born right on time...... May 10th, my Mom's Birthday. Five are hatched; I hope #6 makes it.
Happy Birthday Mom! I surely wish Heaven had visiting hours. :> :> :> :> :> :> ♡
Day 1

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Bluebird Nestbox Season 2017 egg #6

Oh my gosh! Six eggs today. I wish this did not happen because nature typically doesn't let that many chicks survive. Well, let's see what happens. Now that there are six, we'll move the hatch date out to the 9th or 10th of May.

                                           Sixth Egg - 4*27*2017





Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Bluebird Nestbox Season 2017 egg #5


 Follow along with me......................
Bluebird nesting box season 2017. Let's see what transpires. Hopefully there will be another successful fledge season. 
Fifth Egg - 4*26*2017
I'm thinking this is the last egg. Once the last egg is laid, the incubation period begins so that all will be born at the same time. If this is the last egg, we shall see a hatch in 13 to 14 days. That will be May 8th or 9th.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bluebird Nestbox Season 2017 egg #4

 Follow along with me......................
Bluebird nesting box season 2017. Let's see what transpires. Hopefully there will be another successful fledge season. 

Fourth Egg - 4*25*2017


Monday, April 24, 2017

Bluebird Nestbox Season 2017 egg #3

 Follow along with me......................
Bluebird nesting box season 2017. Let's see what transpires. Hopefully there will be another successful fledge season. 

Third Egg - 4*24*2017



Sunday, April 23, 2017

Bluebird Nestbox Season 2017 egg #2

 Follow along with me......................
Bluebird nesting box season 2017. Let's see what transpires. Hopefully there will be another successful fledging season. 

Second Egg - 4*23*2017

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Bluebird Nestbox season 2017 egg # 1

   Follow along with me......................
Bluebird nesting box season 2017. Let's see what transpires. Hopefully there will be another successful fledge season. 

First Egg - 4*22*2017

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Mourning Dove Nest

Should you ever find this kind of constructed nest around your yard, it is a mourning dove nest. Kim Cantrell's dove's flew the coup before she could get a picture of them. Next time Kim! 

Thanks for the good pictures Kim! 







Friday, March 24, 2017

Hand-Fed Male Bluebird



Our little hand-fed bluebird - well, sometimes. 




Hummingbird Nest

Look what Andres Hernandez of Yorba Linda found in his yard this Spring. 
He says:
"Isn't nature beautiful and amazing, even in our own yards."


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Parrots in Yorba Linda

Many of Yorbalindans hear the noisy parrots flying overhead.  Karlene Ballard of Yorba Linda took this magnificent photo of one. It's beautiful.
Thanks for sharing Karlene.......


   

Hand feeding a Western Bluebird -Male


It's a Good Day when this happens:

video




Friday, March 17, 2017

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Spectacular Again! 
This picture takes my breath away.........
Look at our local Canadian Geese. They're seen at the Santa Ana Riverbed and flying overhead in Yorba Linda.
Picture by our local professional photographer, John Luciano.
Thank you so much John!
click here for the exact flight honk calls 


The Autry's Bluebirds

The Autry Family of Yorba Linda enjoy feeding their backyard bluebirds. 
 Look how well they've trained them to eat from hand. 
Thank you for sharing these terrific pics. 


Beautiful Peacocks

Look what Kim Cantrell, Yorba Linda came across at 
Santa Ana Lakes.
Spectacular Kim! Thank you for sharing



Saturday, February 4, 2017

Tranquil bird song nature in Yorba Linda

Thank you Lubna Yazouri for this beautiful Yorba Linda - serene bird singing video. 


video




Tree Trimming Professionals

Backyard Birders are typically very selective about who trims their big trees. Birds love a good tree trim and we Birders enjoy our trees occupied with nests come nesting season. We had an excellent tree trimming experience with the trim of our 10, 50 year old pine trees. The trimming was professional. Jerry gave excellent customer service; They cleaned up our yard, roof, sidewalks and Jerry even checked with the neighbors on both sides to make sure any debris was cleaned away to their satisfaction. They were happy also.
I would definitely hire Vargas Tree Trimming Service again.  Ask for Jerry.


Anna's Hummingbird Courtship



Friday, February 3, 2017

Hummingbirds

North Orange County-

Jill Matyuch of
Jill Matyuch photography took this beautiful picture of a mama hummingbird feeding her babies at the Fullerton Arboretum. 
Thank you Jill!



Sunday, January 22, 2017

Rainy morining Blues

Backyard Yorba Linda-

Everyone is hungry this rainy morning.

Blues fly in for their early rainy morning homemade suet.
The healthy suet helps them along with nutrition during the winter months. 

Western Bluebirds songs and chatter  




Thursday, December 1, 2016

Female Oriole, Yorba Linda, Ca.


"I like this new cafe food bar." 
Yummy!   This grape jelly is delicious!


Friday, November 11, 2016

American Eagle - Orange County, Ca. by Jill Matyuch Photographer

Jill Matyuch of Jill Matyuch Photography takes outstanding pictures of our local So.Cal. 
American Eagles. 
Her photography inspires me. It makes me proud to live in such a humble place of Nature. 
We need just look around. 

On this Veteran's Day and Always,
Thank you American Veterans!.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Female Western Bluebird

Young female western bluebird awaiting her cranberry bits.
When they are older, the white circle around the eye is not as visible. 


Monday, October 10, 2016

Keep bluebird boxes up year round

Keep bluebird boxes up all year round. 
Read the Orange County Register Home and Garden article.



Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Turkey Vulture

I love Tree of Life Nursery. San Juan Capistrano, Ca. off of Ortega Hwy.  You can always find your favorite California native plants there.
There is a Tree there where several Turkey Vultures nest.






Monday, June 20, 2016

Yorba Linda Hummers on a HOT HOT day.



Thank you Kim Cantrell, Yorba Linda for this wonderful picture. 
I'm sure the mother hummer was keeping them hydrated. 

    Two baby hummingbirds in our nest today. I hope they survive in this unbearable 105 degree heat wave!


Monday, April 11, 2016

North Orange County Bald Eagles Return

By Jill Matyuch
Beautiful Professional  Pictures of our North Orange County Bald Eagles.

Thank you so much Jill!

Click here for bald eagle sounds