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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Pin-tailed Whydah breed in Orange County

The male pin-tailed whydah develops exceptionally long tail feathers during breeding season. 
This exotic black and white bird has been eluding local birders.  Because it's an exotic bird from Africa, it's not in field guides.  Read about they have become established in Orange County in today's Orange County Register.

Happy Birding!
J.J.

PS-- In the story, nutmeg mannikins is misspelled. I think it happened during an automatic spell check. 

15 comments:

  1. I was stunned to see a Pin-Tailed Whydah in my neighbor's birch tree a few minutes ago!! In Costa Mesa, California.

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    1. We had a pin-tailed whydah in our backyard in Lake Forest all day today! Beautiful, but the poor guy can barely fly!

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    2. I have had a male in my garden for a month...I just returned from a trip back East and have not seen him today but there is a female feeding. She's not nearly as pretty but has a distinctive song that he sings...Laguna Niguel, CA

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  2. I just saw a male at my bird feeder in Orange Park Acres. What a sight!

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  3. I saw a pin-tailed whydah in my yard in West Anaheim this morning.

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  4. 3 P.- T. Whydahs cooled off in my bird bath this afternoon,... first time I've seen them here. They also showed off some of their acrobatic flying skills as well. They seem to get along with Nutmeg Mannikins that also frequent the birdbath daily.

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    1. Thanks for your note! Good to know they get along with the other birds.

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    2. What city do you live in? I've had 1 male feeding in my back yard for 2 weeks now. He is pushing all of my other birds around.

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  5. We were geocaching today in Cedar Grove Park in (North) Tustin 33 45.123, -117 46.157 and we spotted a Whyduh pair flying N to S then back into the park. Then further along the trail we saw Nutmeg Mannikins in the pine trees.

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  6. I live in Costa Mesa, I have a male Whydah that has been in my back yard for three months now. I first thought it was someones pet who got loose, but now reading up on them it seems they are becoming more common in SoCal. Love listening to him sing all day, and how he "greets and dive bombs" me when I fill the feeder each morning.

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  7. I live in Sierra Madre and have a male Whyday that just appeared in our yard about 3weeks ago. I also thought he was someone's pet. He is not friendly towards other birds he is extremely territorial and runs off all the other birds feeding on the ground or in the bird feeders.

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  8. Just saw one in Park Santiago. Took awhile to identify because it wasn't in my western bird book.

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  9. One of these just arrived this week at our house in Fullerton CA. At first we loved the sight of him, but he is super aggressive now and chasing off all the other birds from the feeder and so we don't know what to do!

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  10. Heard birds tweeting in our big magnolia tree. Then I saw the tail feathers! They flew off -- beautiful. I hope they can chase away those damn mockingbirds! Sunny Hills of north Fullerton.

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  11. Just spotted a male in Brea, feeding among my Dove visitors.

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