senoritafish: (Burdz!)
Last summer, [livejournal.com profile] runsamuck and Gareth built a birdhouse as a kind of father-son woodworking project.

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We stuck it up on the Moreton Bay Fig tree in front of our house, just on a whim. I thought it would be purely decorative - it's a rather odd size, and the hole is bigger than ideal. It's also located only about 10' above the sidewalk, with people walking their dogs under it every day.

Sorry, forgot a cut-tag...but, burdz! )
senoritafish: (Dethklok holidays)
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Rainbow Harbor - Squid boat and "trees." Hey, I've sampled this one!

When we got a little closer there were black-crowned night herons perched on top of the "trees."

Hmm, may have brightened this too much...the original was pretty dark.
senoritafish: (Burdz!)
Hmm. I had no idea turkey vultures were such a big problem, until someone sent a question in to my agency's Q&A, regarding them roosting on his tile roof and damaging it.

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ws/researchreports/report05.pdf

http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1743&context=icwdm_usdanwrc

And apparently the best way to deal with them is by hanging up, upside down, what looks like (and sometimes is, although fake ones can be used as well) a dead one. Somewhat similar to all the plastic owls hanging out on roofs and signs to keep away pigeons, I suppose.

I quite often pass large groups of them roosting in trees around the perimeter of the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station near my workplace. Occasionally I've come down the 405 Freeway to see them all spreading out their wings to the morning sun after a cool night.
senoritafish: (so tired...)
Heh! This is a great series of photos.

I don't think I'd worry too much about the cranes; Beau's owner is more worried they might go after him... In a rural area as this appears to be, I'd be worried more about raptors carrying him off, which happens occasionally even around here...
senoritafish: (Burdz!)
Not only have I been constantly hearing cedar waxwings in the neighborhood lately, the kingbirds are back, although I haven't determined whether they're Westerns or Tropicals. I hear the waxwings more often than I see them, with their very high-pitched piping calls, while the kingbirds seem to be using the Moreton Bay fig in front of our house as a food source. It's dropping figs all over again, and several afternoons lately when I've parked after coming home from work, I watch the kingbirds flying in and out of tree. They flutter out of the leaves with a large object (well large compared to them) in their beaks, which they choke down while perched on the lightpost wires. It takes them some effort; I don't think the fig tree is infested with insects that big, and it looks about the diameter of one of my fingernails, i.e. about the size of a fig. Hmm, and I'd thought they ate mostly insects. I'm glad some wildlife is getting some use out of the tree.

I've also seen the Say's phoebe hanging around the office, well, the fence next to the strawberry field adjacent to the office. For a moment I thought it was another kingbird, but a little too small, and the top of its breast was grey, then orangeish farther down, not yellow.
senoritafish: (dreams on a 'chovie can)
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Another walk (since it was Spring Break and the kids were home all week), this time to Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve, where we walked from the parking up to the lagoon north of the flood control channel, on a trail at the base of the mesa. We hadn't been along that path before. While trying to get close to some flowers, I looked down and saw this male side-blotched lizard catching some late-afternoon rays at the front of his burrow in the earth.

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Huntington Beach CA
Canon EOS 1000D
7 April 2010

moar... )

23. earth ☺
2. pace ☺
5. flower ☺
20. fruit ☺
1. stair ☺
3. bird ☺
22. camera ☺
senoritafish: (Heart fish)
EEEEEEEEEEEEEeeee!

Just watched Wesley hatch about five minutes ago at http://www.ustream.tv/theowlbox. It was so funny, Molly was sitting there almost falling asleep, and suddenly she jumped straight up and turned around; then you could see the egg was cracked in half. She helped the newest out of the shell. Congrats on your fourth Molly and McGee! Max, Pattison and Austin are going to start getting cramped; Molly has to check where she's putting her feet.

Max is a week old today, and it must be warm enough that Molly is letting him sit next to her instead of under.
senoritafish: (Heart fish)
I posted this on Facebook a couple of days ago, but thought I'd let my LJ friends know too -

http://www.ustream.tv/theowlbox

Sent by my bird lover boss to us at work. Molly is a soon-to-be-mother barn owl whose eggs are about to hatch, in San Marcos CA. She's asleep right now, but earlier she was eating breakfast that her mate McGee brought her. My kids are watching this every chance they get. Apparently the eggs can be heard peeping, so sounds like it's going to be soon - although I have a hard time telling from all the other bird songs. I hear roosters right now.
senoritafish: (dreams on a 'chovie can)
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I originally thought this was a pigeon guillemot, but it lacks a black wedge in the white patch, so it's a black guillemot, a small seabird that lives off the West Coast (related to murres and puffins). Those birds were here too, but moving around too quickly in the habitat which is pretty dimly lit, not to mention the birds splash droplets all over the glass; all of which contributes to blurry pictures. I'm amazed I got this one.

14. Black & White ☺
senoritafish: (Shiny!)
Cool! I just saw a downy woodpecker (according to Val's bird book - I'd taken mine home) outside my office window; probably a female as it lacked a red head patch, but did have the black and white stripy wings and white eye-stripe. I grabbed my camera since she was on the branch closest to my window, but alas, I forgot my battery died when Angus and I walked down to the pier Saturday night and I forgot to recharge it. Dammit, would've been perfect.
senoritafish: (0__0)
funny pictures of cats with captions
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Kitteh bettur nawt tri 2 eats teh gooses; dose r NENEs!

(Huhwai-ee stait burd. vurrah endanjurred)
senoritafish: (pensive)
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Sadly, I think this is the imprint of a deceased mourning dove I observed near the entrance awhile ago - tha glass outside my cubicle is just above the door. They only wash the second floor windows every month or two, and this appeared shortly after the last washing. It's been there for several weeks already. I'm actually kind of amazed at how detailed it is; you can see prints of individual feathers.

Bird Gyotaku?
Los Alamitos CA
Canon EOS 1000D
29 September 2009
senoritafish: (Al runs)
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Crossing the street to the bus stop, and I noticed a large bird on one of the flagpoles in front of my office building. I was suprised to see an osprey perched there in a spot usually occupied by starlings (several at a time, sometimes). Maybe I shouldn't have been; they're common enough around the harbor and wetlands nearby. Maybe he was hoping something edible was in the little pond of the Navy Golf Course next door. He sat there quite comfortably until I reached down to pull out my camera, of course. I have several more of his butt flying away...

Flagpole osprey
Los Alamitos CA
Canon EOS 1000D
28 September 2009
senoritafish: (fisheries observer by ray troll)
Interesting...I posted a while ago about a pelican on the sidewalk in my neighborhood, and only now stumbled across a February posting from the International Bird Rescue Research Center - they have a center in San Pedro, up the hill from the docks - that might explain some of the weird things pelicans were doing last winter.

California Brown Pelicans in distress: Event update


That's generally how I find things, I forget I was looking for them and then trip over them, months later...
senoritafish: (Winry)
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There's been very little Waymarking (the alternative to Geocaching, finding places and objects instead of containers, that people otherwise might not see) in Huntington Beach, so I thought I would enter some from around me that hadn't been done yet. This is one of a set of tile murals up at the Civic Center that I entered as a waymark - they came from a shopping center that was kitty-corner across the street. You can find a bit of the history where I entered it - I might've mentioned some of them before. Trying to get them all Waymarked as a series.

Pelican Dive Mural
Huntington Beach Civic Center
Canon EOS 1000D
15 July 2009

construction... )
senoritafish: (easily distracted silliness)
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Am I the only one who sees the irony?

The culprits are black phoebes; they use the sign for perching while hunting insects. 

All Pets must be Leashed
Los Alamitos CA
Canon EOS 1000D
7 July 2009
senoritafish: (Heart fish)
I saw a very sweet thing driving to work this morning. I made a right turn from Seal Beach Blvd. onto Lampson to head to my office, and ahead of me, saw a police car stopped in the right lane with its lights flashing. At first I thought someone was being pulled over, but then I noticed the cop walking around his car to the lawn. I was kind of trapped behind him for a few minutes as car behind me were all going around, and it was then I noticed the puddle in the gutter next to the police car contained about six ducklings. Mama duck was anxiously going back and forth on the grass above them, and the officer was trying to help the babies get up the curb to mom. Although every time he got on one side of them, they would run the other direction. The last I saw before I finally was able to move was that he had gotten some sort of flat object out of the car to either herd them a bit more effieciently, or to place against the curb so they could hop up. I don't know how it worked out, but it was nice to see him stopping traffic to help out the wildlife, at least.

In other encounters with local law enforcement, Saturday evening I turned in a intoxicated driver. Angus, Avalon and I were going to check out a nearby geocache, but when I turned onto Goldenwest, I noticed a black Silverado pickup in front of me that weaved in the lane, then drifted left and the tires bounced off the curb of the island in the middle of the street. Then he went the other direction. I decided to keep him in front of me so I could keep an eye on him. He contined weaving and was having serious problems staying in his lane. As it happened we both got into the same lane to turn left on Garfield. He sat for awhile after the light turned green - all the other cars had gone - and then turned so wide he almost hit the curb again, narrowly missing a pedstrian who holding his child and waiting to cross the street. That's when I decided he needed to be reported. I called 911, and I guess I must have sounded pretty excited, because they told me I was talking too fast and to calm down. The officer said not to do anything crazy to keep up with him, but to try and keep him in sight; someone was being sent after him. They kept me on the phone until a motorcycle caught up with us at the Warner/Edwards signal (where he did the same thing as in the left turn lane). Thereupon, they put their lights on and pulled him over on the other side of the signal. I was instructed to pull onto a residential street in the officer wanted to talk to me. After waiting for about 15 minutes, I called the number they'd told me to, and a female officer said they had my cell phone number and I was free to leave. Made it too dark to get to the geocache, but we had a nice walk nevertheless. The officer who'd pulled the guy over called me later in the evening and said the guy had been "heavily medicated" and shouldn't have been driving at all. Seriously, I hear about pedestrians and bicylists getting hit by people driving off the road quite often, and the thought has crossed my mind while I'm waiting at a bus stop with semis whooshing by at 50 mph not six feet from where I'm sitting. It's a scary thought. Keep your kids outta the street, Mama duck.
senoritafish: (Al runs)
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Another Allen's hummingbird, this time confused on how to get out of [livejournal.com profile] runsamuck's bike "garage" (the tent-type carport thingie) on the back driveway. There are way more Anna's locally, I only rarely spot Allen's flying around. But they're always the ones getting stuck. We tried rolling up the sides, but he refused to take the hint, so we finally captured him between the broom and long-handled wooly duster and moved him outside - only about three feet away, but "down" is apparently not in the flight vocabulary. He buzzed away in great relief.

Why are they always Allen's?
Huntington Beach CA
Canon EOS 1000D
19 June 2009

Edit: 10/10/09 - Yet another one stuck in the patio skylight yesterday! And yes, another Allen's - feisty little guy, he was making a lot of noise.
senoritafish: (dreams on a 'chovie can)
I am so far behind on these - good thing I'm not doing it every day right now...from back in June...

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Had the day off since I worked over the weekend, so went to the Aquarium on a Monday! Found another couple of geocaches and took this pic from one of them; messed about in Picnik with it a bit.

Queen Mary
Long Beach CA
Canon EOS 1000D
15 June 2009

here be dragons... )

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