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.