UrsulaV (ursulav) wrote,
UrsulaV
ursulav

Huntington Gardens was awesome!

Leaving aside that they're amazingly gorgeous gardens, the birds were cool! I didn't see the parakeets, but I saw something equally cool--a Red Whiskered Bulbul. They're an import from Asia that's established a breeding population in a very few places in Southern CA, one of which is Huntington. (They're a neat bird, sort of like a blue jay wearing harlequin paint.) This is actually the first bird that I got to ID that was so local that it didn't have the little "range" map in the Sibley guide.  (Sibley guides contain a little map of the US, with colors marking the distribution of birds. Some birds, however, have no range map--birds that get blow over occasionally from Siberia, for example, or feral parakeets that only live in Miami, or whatever. My first obscure bird! I am proud.)

Okay, I'm pretty sure we can't exceed Wikipedia's bandwidth...

Also saw a lot of black pheobes, what I think was a Nutall's woodpecker, (like a downy woodpecker with a busier back--held itself different from a downy, but don't ask me to articulate how...*grin*) and more hummingbirds of all descriptions than you could shake a stick at.

I am sunburnt and have a blister the size of a fifty cent piece, but I regret nothing!
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