We have a small water feature off our back porch. It’s probably about 300 square feet in size, holding maybe 2000 gallons of water. In addition to nest boxes around the property and bird feeders in the yard, the water feature is our most efficient wildlife magnet. Birds, in particular, can’t resist running water.
Even though Eurasian Collared-Doves have encroached on my property, I still enjoy the company of Mourning Doves (Zenaida macroura).
The birds don’t just drink from various parts of the water feature, they bathe in it too! Like this young male Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna).
Even though there are several spots where different species can take baths at their leisure, this male Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) decided to evict a Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) that was really enjoying itself!
In addition to my regulars at the pond, this past week included several migratory species…
a Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) and a Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)…
a female Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana)…
and a real rarity in my yard, a Black-throated Gray Warbler (Setophaga nigrescens).
I also added a new surprise species to my yard list, a Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)!
The winter before last I had a Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) stay the entire winter here. I have one visiting again now. I hope he stays for awhile too.
This female Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) is enjoying the water during her southern migration.
So who are some of my “regulars?” The recently renamed California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)…
the California GroundSquirrel (Otospermophilus beecheyi)…
and the Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus).
I put together a short video of the water feature and its recent visitors. I hope you enjoy it.
I’ll leave you with this shot of a molting male House Finch (Carpodacus cassinii) taking a bath.
Larry Jordan was introduced to birding after moving to northern California where he was overwhelmed by the local wildlife, forcing him to buy his first field guide just to be able to identify all the species visiting his yard. Building birdhouses and putting up feeders brought the avian fauna even closer and he was hooked. Larry wanted to share his passion for birds and conservation and hatched The Birder's Report in September of 2007. His recent focus is on bringing the Western Burrowing Owl back to life in California where he also monitors several bluebird trails. He is a BirdLife Species Champion and contributes to several other conservation efforts, being the webmaster for Wintu Audubon Society and the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Urban Bird Foundation. He is now co-founder of a movement to create a new revenue stream for our National Wildlife Refuges with a Wildlife Conservation Pass.
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