June 30, 2016

At last!

I planted a brown fennel plant in a container a couple of years ago, hoping to attract swallowtail butterflies to lay eggs on it.  No eggs were laid there, no swallowtail caterpillars.

Instead, dry seeds  from the plant flew throughout the backyard, and little f...

June 28, 2016

The naked buckwheat plant is now in bloom, and for the first time in several years, I observed a hairstreak butterfly in our garden.

This is so exciting, because I've only seen one before on the tree lavatera in the front garden, and that was several years ago.

At first...

June 27, 2016

The baby Anna's hummingbirds hatched nine days ago and are rapidly growing.

Every morning and evening, and during the weekends, several times during the day, I check the nest from afar, standing under branches of the coastal redwood tree.

Mama hummingbird is always nearb...

June 23, 2016

In the late afternoon a few days ago, looking out the kitchen window we noticed a Bewick's wren in the large container where a Sapphire salvia plant is growing.

This seemed very odd because we've never seen the wren in the potted plants.

And this wren seemed to be stayin...

June 21, 2016

The California towhees are frequent visitors to our garden, especially now with the Sunshine blueberries in season.

See how clever the towhee is - it picks a blueberry from the bush and carries it in its beak to the top of the fence. There it sets the berry down on the...

June 20, 2016

How exciting!

The Anna's hummingbird's eggs have hatched!

We don't know how long she incubated her eggs, because we only noticed her sitting on the nest last week, and didn't ever see her building the nest.

Normally, depending on weather conditions, hummingbirds need to i...

June 16, 2016

I love to watch umber skippers because they seem curious and playful, flitting around the same area and lingering for a long time on flowers.

Whenever I am outside with the camera they seem to like to land on plants right in front of me and just hang out.

While this umbe...

June 16, 2016

If you ever see Masumoto farm fruit in your grocery store, you MUST buy some! I bought some of their nectarines last week, and they were the most delicious nectarines I ever ate!

If you are in the Bay Area, Masumoto fruit is available at Berkeley Bowl, Good Eggs, Bi-Rit...

June 14, 2016

Now that we discovered the hummingbird with her nest in the fig tree, I'm noticing more and more nesting activity around the garden.

Up high in the solanum shrub is a larger nest, measuring at least 7 inches in circumference. It may already have been used this spring be...

June 13, 2016

I haven't posted much about bird observations this spring, aside from sightings of the hooded oriole nesting in the palm tree, and the hummingbird who is currently on her nest in the fig tree (posted last week).

We definitely have a lot of bird activity around the garde...

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