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November 30, 2018

How nice to still see bees active in the garden.

Between the rainstorms we have periods of sun, and that's when the bees are out.

Here is a honey bee getting nectar from a blossom on the Berzerkeley salvia shrub.

I hope all of this welcome rain will help the shrubs grow e...

November 27, 2018

Some of the plants in our mostly native garden are still blooming.

For example, at this time last year, this Agastache Mexicana "Forever Summer" Melon shrub was already dormant, with just the foliage and blossoms dried up.

I kept deadheading and pruning the plant, which...

November 26, 2018

After several days of much awaited rain, the natives that were dormant through the dry summer and autumn are coming back to life.

I can see that the Birds Eye Gilia Gilia tricolor has reseeded throughout the garden again, and here is an example. I can't wait for them to...

November 23, 2018

The story continues...

The two previous posts discussed the male house finch, American robin, and the Yellow-rumped warbler at the bird bath.

And here is an unusual meeting of all three.

The house finch was determined to continue bathing, while the robin patiently stood b...

November 21, 2018

hey, the American robins are back!

What an unusual sight at the birdbath, a house finch male in the bath while the robin patiently stands by, taking occasional sips of water.

So what's unusual about this?

First of all, I haven't seen house finches in the garden, let alone...

November 20, 2018

Isn't it always a matter of being at the right place, at the right time?

With the poor air quality, I was housebound for most of the weekend, limited to making observations through a glass door to the patio. And look who decided to visit,

a yellow-rumped warbler!

I had ne...

November 19, 2018

This isn't a black and white photo.

It was taken mid-morning from our patio.

The sky was gray again, and air quality very unhealthy.

The birds and insects still deal with it.

Here are two Anna's hummingbirds perched on branches of the neighbors' crab apple tree.

I make sure...

November 15, 2018

Even with the temperatures cooling down, and the smoky air from the Camp Fire further northeast, the bees are still busy at work in the garden.

I mostly see honey bees, except for the occasional carpenter bee.

Here is one of them, pollinating a Meyer lemon blossom.

We are...

November 13, 2018

Bumble bees are now officially considered an endangered species.

What very sad news.

https://iheartintelligence.com/bumblebee-declared-endangered/?fb=iis&fbclid=IwAR2Qxa-LRezY0IW1iiSeC6KK74nXcBvQiZkFDZKvk03RswjIlnFTUX89jPs

I value every sighting of them because they are n...

November 12, 2018

Although the terrible Camp Fire is many miles away, northeast in Butte County, the San Francisco Bay area is blanketed with the smoky air which has a strong smell.

For the past three days, I have been using N95 particulate face masks whenever I am outdoors, whether comm...

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