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February 28, 2017

From our patio I observe the wildlife in our neighbor's coastal redwood tree.

In the morning  the tree is always full of birds.

How many do you see here? All of these birds are cedar waxwings.

This is definitely a different micro-climate from where we lived before, at a l...

February 27, 2017

How exciting to see this Yellow-faced Bumble Bee bombus vosnesenskii visiting our patio!

Now when we have had a few sunny days, this bee often visits the Sunshine blueberry shrubs.

That nectar must be really tasty.

The Yellow-faced Bumble Bee is quite large, mostly black...

February 21, 2017

Today was a wet day, but during breaks between the rain showers, I was fortunate to observe bird activity.

I noticed in the morning a lot of movement high atop the ivy.

A flock of American Robins were feasting on ivy berries.

I've never seen anything like this before, so...

February 20, 2017

Interesting weather this weekend.

We had a nice break from the winter rains yesterday.

Temperatures were still low, in the 50's, but we still had some sunshine.

I discovered our first blooming grape hyacinth in years.

They certainly didn't bloom during the drought years. B...

February 14, 2017

This Northern mockingbird is always somewhere around the garden in neighbors' trees, singing its full repertoire of at least 15 songs of other birds that frequent the area.

So far I haven't seen it act particularly territorial toward other birds.

If you look carefully, y...

February 13, 2017

At last the transformation begins!

As you can see, with all of our winter rains the yard is currently an expanse of bright green, with a mixture of grass and weeds that resemble cress.

Before we can transplant all of the salvias, lavender and other native plants, we have...

February 10, 2017

There are several mockingbirds in the neighborhood.

Their repertoire of songs is very impressive.

Above is a mockingbird on the telephone wire.

And here is a California towhee in the late afternoon light high above the patio fence.

February 9, 2017

Some of the birds seem to play hide and seek with me.

There is at least one Black Phoebe that visits our garden.

It sings a lot, getting my attention.

Then as soon as I aim the camera it flies away.

It first landed on one of our empty tomato cages.

Then flew to a neighbor's...

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