Birds of Perpendi Creek

We haven't identified all of them -- we're alway spotting new ones.  Here are photographs John has taken of those seen around our house.  New pictures will be added as additional birds are identified and photographed.  I think we need a longer lens!

IN ADDITION TO THE 22 TYPES OF BIRDS PICTURED, WE HAVE SEEN BUT NOT YET PHOTOGRAPHED THESE:

  • Crow
  • California Towhee
  • Bushtit
  • California Thrasher
  • Greater Roadrunner
  • Owls (Great horned?)
  • Snowey Egret
  • White-tailed Kite
  • Oriole?
  • American Robin
  • Dark-eyed Junco - Oregon
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Red-Headed Grosbeak (7/2014)

 

THE GREAT EXPERIMENT OF 2008: 

We have lots of hawks in the neighborhood.  The question is, will they use the perch I made to build a nest?  The post is 30' long stuck 4' deep into the ground, so the platform sits 26' high.  Is this high enough?  Raised on February 4, 2008.  Place your bets now.  The results of our efforts will be updated right here! 

February 28, 2008 Update:  Nada.  Nothing.  Zilch.  (I did see two house finches up there the other day.  Hardly what I was looking for . . . .)

 

Think I'm wasting my time?  Check this one out:  Thirteen years of waiting!!!  Ohmygosh.  I was thinking I'd give this perch a couple years, and then make firewood (or try my luck with an owl house).  I just read that it took these people thirteen years to convince an osprey to nest on their perch!   http://www.newportbay.org/track4q6.pdf

 

April 22 Update:  Nothing.  So much for Earth Day, 2008

 

May 25, 2008:  Victory!!!  Cheryl spotted two Red-tailed hawks sitting on the perch down by the lower garden.  They came back four straight days, and occasionally since then.  No nest, but at least they found it!

On the 27th of May, 2008 I watched one of them sit there and stare at a ground squirrel sitting on a fence rail right below it, and then fly away!!!  I think these two hawks are juveniles -- maybe a squirrel is too big for them and they are looking for mice!!??  See pictures below. 

 

Finally, a "permanent" tenant.  All through the Spring of 2010 a juvenile Red Tailed Hawk has been sitting up on the perch daily, from early dawn to late dusk.  Comes and goes all day long.  I have seen him eating a rabbit or rat or ? that he just caught.  Now the question is, will it nest here????

The picture below was taken March 31, 2010.

 

 

 



 

DISASTER - JANUARY 20, 2011

During a heavy rain, the perch toppled.  This picture shows a lone hawk sitting on the stump.  After a day or two the hawk never came back (this written in September, 2011).  There has been a marked decrease in hawks in the valley below our house.  Last week I saw one, which was the first time in months.  I need to get a tall tall ladder and see if I can fix it!

Birds of Ventura County, Birds of Thousand Oaks, Birds of Newbury Park, Birds of Ventu Park, Birds of Conejo Valley

 

Western Scrub Jay - when one of these arrives to feast, most of the other birds scatter!

 

 


 

 

Mourning Dove - constantly pecking around on the ground for seeds

 


 

American Kestral, a beautiful falcon, above and below.  (The upper picture taken by Lou, our neighbor, in June of 2007.  The lower picture was taken by John in November of 2004. )

 


 

 

Turkey Vulture (Although we have these around here, I took this picture in Fransisquito Canyon which is about 50 miles from our house.)

 


 

Anna's Hummingbird -- We have hundreds of these, year round

 

I'm 90% certain this is an Allen's Hummingbird ( . . . or is it a Rufous Hummingbird . . .  ?)

 

 


 

 

Red-tailed Hawk.  Our most common hawk; these are spotted around here almost daily.  The crows usually harrass them, but the hawks seem to ignore them.  The middle picture was taken in May of 2008 sitting on one of the two perches I built.  The bottom picture is from March, 2010. 

 


 
   
 
This is a Red Shouldered Hawk.  I had never seen this type hawk until it showed up on December 21, 2009
 

 
California Quail.  Very common to see whole families -- "bevies" -- scampering about.

 

House Finch  -- We have more of these than anything . . .  Some are red, as above, and some are orange, as below.


 

 

 

 

Lesser Goldfinches -- probably the second most plentiful bird in our yard.

 


 

Spotted Towhee.  A beautiful bird!

 

 


 

White Crowned Sparrow

 


 

 

Black Phoebe - a treat to watch these flycatchers dart around doing mid-fligh acrobatics as they catch their dinner

 


 

A kind of woodpecker, I first saw this Northern Flicker March 13, 2009

And an Acorn Woodpecker, which I first saw here on July 4th 2014!






More Acorn Woodpeckiers, October 2014
 


 

 A recent addition to our local bird list -- a Western Bluebird, sitting on the perch on March 31, 2010.  I wish I had a better lens!

 


 

 

Mallards (in the Vernal Pond on Perpendi Creek)


 

 

This picture was not taken at home -- this American Bittern was at the artificial ponds outside my office, about 8 miles from home.  But I have seen these guys here, eyeing our koi !


 

This Great Egret was up at the top of our driveway.  Often times they are down by the koi pond looking for lunch.


 

This Great Blue Heron is another common visitor to our koi pond and to the natural vernal pond in Perpendi Creek.  Our neighbor Lou shot this picture of a heron up on our roof!

 

 

 

 
 
American Bushtit.  Psaltriparus minimus  We have dozens in our yard but they are difficult to photograph because they are tiny and very fast.  They fly around in small flocks from bush to bush eating the insects off the leaves and stems before flying on to another plant.  Finally got a picture of this one.  January, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
Birds of Ventura County, Birds of Thousand Oaks, Birds of Newbury Park, Birds of Ventu Park, Birds of Conejo Valley
Birds of Ventura County, Birds of Thousand Oaks, Birds of Newbury Park, Birds of Ventu Park, Birds of Conejo Valley
Birds of Ventura County, Birds of Thousand Oaks, Birds of Newbury Park, Birds of Ventu Park, Birds of Conejo Valley
Birds of Ventura County, Birds of Thousand Oaks, Birds of Newbury Park, Birds of Ventu Park, Birds of Conejo Valley