During a recent week in California I was able to squeeze in a few brief excursions to check out the local birds.
On one short walk around dusk in the suburbs of La Verne, though, my most interesting sighting was a pair of coyotes. I’d been listening to them howl for several minutes when I finally spotted them making their way around an access road that skirts the rim of the Live Oak Reservoir.
Back in the world of birds, my walks turned up a few familiar faces, like a Peregrine Falcon and several White-crowned Sparrows. But, of course, one of the joys of visiting a different part of the country is seeing what you can’t see back home: Western Scrub-Jays; California Towhees; California Quail; Black Phoebes; Oak Titmice; Mountain Chickadees; Lesser Goldfinches; and, a number of hummingbirds.
Below, an Anna’s Hummingbird I’m pretty sure I ran into on consecutive days in La Verne.