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THE WINGED RAINBOW OF SUMMER
Summer in Southern California means vibrant reds, pretty yellows, and beautiful blues to birders. Here are seven common colorful visitors from the tropics that can be seen here.
Western Tanager (backyard)
Fast fact: Western Tanagers obtain their red-colored head from rhodoxathin, without their specialized diet they'd lose it.
Black-headed Grosbeak (backyard)
Fast Fact: Black-headed Grosbeaks are one of the few birds that are immune to monarch butterfly toxin and often feed on them.
Yellow-breasted Chat (Golf course)
Fast fact: Chats mimic other birds in their rattling, loud songs.
Yellow Warbler (park)
Fast fact: The oldest Yellow Wabler recorded in the wild lived to be 11, which is longer than the longest recorded life span of a Western Tanager by five years.
Orange-crowned Warbler (outside bushes of a building)
Fast fact: The Orange-crowned Warbler is one of the most geographically diverse warblers in North America.
Blue Grosbeak (Aliso Woods)
Fast Fact: Blue Grosbeaks seen in Orange County and other areas in the West Coast migrate directly over the Gulf of Mexico!
Costa's Hummingbird (campground area)
Fast Fact: The heart rate of Costa's Hummingbirds vary from 50 times for minute when the bird is torpid to 900 times a minute when the bird is fully active (Soruce: Cornell Lab of Ornithology )