Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I sacrifice my loquats



to a higher being. Can you see him now?



The family is WESTERN TANAGER. Thanks to CP for the ID. Another species where Mom and Pop split parental duties, enjoy family vacations. Though perhaps Mom or Dad looked at the map upside down, took a hard right, thus missed their usual riparian holiday and ended up in Altadena.

"Oh honey, where are we?"

"Hell if I know. Just tell the kids it's Disneyland and they drained the pool. Eat some fruit; call Aunt Martha because we're flying to Ventura."

"In that case, better give me the map."

28 comments:

  1. He looks good among the loquats.

    First year he's visiting?

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  2. Usually my birds are dressed in brown, like monks. This has been a welcomed surprise.

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    1. What a lovely bird. Right choice to give up to loquats. I don't know if the kids will buy the Disneyland story.

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  3. I'll miss them. Albert will miss them. Albert and the birds, they get along. But as a consequence, Albert has developed a serious muffin-top. Apparently, the rule is: one loquat for us, one for you. So now it's embarrassing, looks like I never walk the guy.

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  4. Lucky you! A higher being right outside your window! A very pretty higher being he is, too.

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  5. Maybe they think the loquats are relatives? color is somewhat the same, shape as well... I have never eaten a loquat-- are they related to a kumquat? if so, those suckers smelled when they fell to the ground.. I've got a bird similar to yours except it has a black body....

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  6. Tanagers? I think not. Your house finches have been painted by Pasadena Adjacent to hide in loquat and cherry trees.

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  7. Do they visit your patrician area of Pas, Bellis? KBF, loquats are a stone fruit, and tasty but labor intensive, as they're more stone than fruit. I think kumquat is in the citrus family.

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  8. Well, Albert and Cat look like part of The Country Bear Jamboree from a distance. Especially Albert. And if the kids have never been to Disneyland, how will they know the difference? Poor Aunt Martha. Those pesky youngsters will surely be a surprise to her.

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  9. Beautiful bird! I have in my garden loquat tree.
    In Portuguese we call "Nespereira" and the fruit is named "nêspera". They are delicious!

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  10. I saw one the other day, but can't remember exactly where. It may have been on the east side of Brookside golf course. Before that, I've only ever seen them in the San Gabriels.

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  11. Gorgeous bird but my eyes are glued to the loquat tree. (I never knew the English name for it - it's called Biwa in Japanese) Citrus and loquat trees...I bet you have a fig tree, too.

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    1. How did you know that? I have a Mission and a Brown Turkey.

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  12. Years ago in Sierra Madre canyon my then husband and I picked a garbage can full off the backyard tree. We thought they were tasteless, bland table fruit and thought we'd make wine. One thing led to another and we became completely obsessed with distilling it. The result was a clear liquid that did not freeze aka white lightening. That was worth the sacrifice too. Hah! For the birds, I tell ya.

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  13. Happy sighting, Karin! this must be a good year for Western Tanagers. Two other friends up here, neither of whom live near you or each other, have also spotted them. I almost thought I saw one, but it wouldn't sit still.

    Albert likes loquats? Fancy that. My late shepherd Romulus liked grapes and avocados. and I had a cake-eating cat once, Katherine The Terrible..

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  14. I can't usually identify birds, but now I think I'd recognize this one. I do know robins and cardinals and chickadees, but that just about exhausts my knowledge. Oh, and orioles are beautiful and brightly colored like your friend here. I wonder if they travel in the same circles....

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  16. Oh, much better photos, Mister Earl. They were very camera shy for me, so my only shots were through the screen.

    Doris, my friend in the Pomona area saw one; it's a first for all of us. (Albert eats everything but onions.)

    Sharon, the WT has been reclassified as a Cardinal. So yes, they have cousins in Maine.

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  17. " Pull over Dear, and ask for directions."
    "Why? We're not lost. Just a bit confused right now."
    "That hard right awhile back should have been a hard left, Dear."

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  18. Be glad Albert doesn't eat onions. The results might be atmospherically unpleasant. You could never have friends over.

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  19. Broccoli and eggs are atmospherically unpleasant, too. I hope you don't serve those to Albert when friends are visiting.

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  20. Beautiful bird, its colors are great!

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  21. Pretty !! A noble sacrifice, KB. And Albert will surely shed his muffin top as summer progresses.

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  22. According to the National Geographic, the WT is rare in Southern California. http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birding/western-tanager/?rptregcta=reg_free_np&rptregcampaign=2015012_invitation_ro_all

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    1. Perhaps Altadena is a rare habitat?

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