Here are photos from May 15 in Riverside. It was another beautiful for day for warblers, several thrushes and yes, Common Grackles. The Grackles remain for the summer. People kid me about the Grackles but I think they are beautiful birds in their iridescence. And I’m trying to stay on their good side so maybe they won’t rain acorns on me like they did last fall.
These photos are arranged pretty much in the order that I took them. So my first warbler was a Chestnut-sided Warbler.
It got a good if distant look at an Eastern Phoebe.
Below is a Swainson’s Thrush.
The Scarlet Tanagers were in town that week and I had to obey.
The photo below of a Palm Warbler intrigues me particularly because of the green catkins on the walnut tree.
And now for the star of the show that day. It’s always a joy to find a beautiful male Blackburnian Warbler in the spring.
I have seen more Gray-cheeked Thrushes this year than I have in a long time.
I encountered a singing White-crowned Sparrow. I was only able to capture a snippet of his song in the video below the photographs, but I love it, it always sounds a little jazzy to me with its syncopation.
Here’s another Palm Warbler.
I have heard about the snakes that like to warm up in the sunshine on the riverbank, but I had never seen or been able to capture them with a quick photo until that day. I believe they were Common Watersnakes.
I had a few brief looks at a female American Redstart.
I was particularly happy to see and hear a Canada Warbler.
This Swainson’s Thrush picked a lovely fallen log close to the river’s edge.
I never ignore Magnolia Warblers
I don’t think I’ve ever seen the view below before.
Chipmunks are back in full force.
A nice-looking Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler showed up to remind me that Magnolias are not the only black-white-and-yellow option
I found a fairly friendly White-throated Sparrow.
I think I have seen more Veerys this year too.
House Wrens are Everywhere. Rarely so easy to see as this one, but they sing almost constantly to let you know they’re there. This one wasn’t singing, however!
Gray Catbirds can be a reclusive bunch too.
Yes, another Gray-cheeked Thrush.
I try not to take our year-round red birds for granted…
I was very pleased to find a Lincoln’s Sparrow.
The second male Magnolia Warbler that posed was also singing. I barely managed a snippet of his song in the video below. By the way, I’m doing the videos almost more for the sound recording which is much clearer than what I get with my phone’s voice recorder.
Lastly, I was very happy to find a somewhat reclusive Wood Thrush.
Here’s another shot of the Common Grackle at the beginning of the post, showing off a variety of colors.
Oh there is so much more to report. I will return with something a little more current before I wade through any more photos from the peak of migration.
We have cooled off a little bit, but it’s still too dry. The next promise of precipitation is Sunday morning. I may have to go to church. A song we sang during the pandemic, written by Jan Garrett and JD Martin, “I Dreamed of Rain”, has come back to haunt me.