I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine.  ~ Psalm 50:11

This year, here on the Urban Homestead, we have spotted THREE new species of birds since the summer.  That is pretty exciting!

In our 25 years living here, we’ve had our share of sparrows, pigeons, kestrels, crows, mocking birds, scrub jays, finches, warblers, red tail hawks,  bats, swallows, house finches, sparrows, starlings,  hummingbirds, doves, wild parrots of Pasadena (even a few peacocks that ran wild around the corner – sadly, they are gone — exterminated).  But, this year, we have spotted three new kinds of birds: Red Breasted Nuthatch, a pair of California Towhee and Black Headed Pheobe.

Of course, we can’t help but wonder,  “What brought these birds to the homestead?” Could it be because of the devastating Station Fire (largest fire in LA history)  which brought these birds into the inner city or is it “global weirding.”  No matter, these birds are such a joy to watch. Every afternoon the Phoebe is diving through the air, catching bugs in the garden.  The pair of Towhee’s have no fear and like to come up the stairs searching for tasty morsels.  The Nuthatches are hard to spot; but, boy, you sure do hear them and their lovely chatterings.

Like to bird watch? Check out Cornell’s Bird website – an excellent bird resource.



  1. Florence says:

    My husband and I have been avid bird watchers for 30 years. We live on the Texas Gulf Coast and our favorite get-away is to just drive up or down the coast identifying the beautiful birds. Needless to say, over 30 years we have seen just about all the species normally along the coast. Imagine our surprise when two weeks ago in our weekend trip to Corpus Christi’s Laguna Madre, we identified 4 species new to us. They were all shorebirds so I doubt if the terrible fires we have had brought them; we decided that it must be climate weirding. Happy birding to you and your family!!

  2. Dr. John Dwyer says:

    I love the birds and feed them year round both with corn, scratch, safflower, and sunflower-filled feeders (nine of them) and with my natural plantings (like lantana). I also provide them with three bird baths (even the hawks frequent them).

    We’ve had woodstorks, ducks, and bobcats frequent our three ponds. And we keep three “urban chickens.”

    Love your website.

  3. martin johnstone, outer hebrides says:

    It’s nice when you see a new one, isn’t it. 🙂

  4. Deanna says:

    I love to watch the scrub jay and the trumpeter swans when they are in town. Oh and the Canadian Geese and the Blue Heron.

  5. Rosie says:

    I found out which bird is the rain crow. My father in law would tell me it is going to rain soon because the rain crow is calling. In the densely wooded area my in laws lived in, I only heard it calling. when we moved to our own homestead, also in the woods, I heard the rain crow calling, and I asked, please dear God, let me see the rain crow.
    Well, it is the pileated woodpecker. And it does sort of announce rain, I think that it originally was called rain cryer, like the town cryer who announced things, and it kind of slipped into “crow”.

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