March 29, 2019

Doesn't this look like a lovely golden drop of sunshine?

These California poppies reseed themselves all over the garden, so now there are even more of them beginning to bloom.

I strew some of the seeds Eschscholzia californica in our native garden two years ago.

And ever...

March 28, 2019

Last weekend, when the weather was dry and sunny, there was a lot of activity in the garden and patio. Birds were visiting all day, and bees and butterflies were feeding on nectar.

This is the first monarch to visit our patio.

It circled around, then would rest, fly away...

March 27, 2019

Here is my first carpenter bee sighting of the year on our patio.

It is a male Mountain Carpenter Bee Xylocopa tabaniformis orpifex, approaching blossoms on the Chiapas salvia plant.

What a magnificent bee!

Look at the large green eye and yellowish fuzzy anterior thorax.


March 26, 2019

In my last post I wrote that the Black Phoebe ate a Checkerspot butterfly.

But after observing butterfly activity in the native garden area of our front yard, I realized that the butterfly that was devoured was a Painted Lady Vanessa Cardui.

There are more of these butte...

March 23, 2019

Today during my lunch break I looked out the window at our front yard which is starting to look quite lush. It was quite a gray day with light rain showers.

I first noticed a California towhee eating the seeds of dandelion flower heads that had lost their petals and mos...

March 21, 2019

Observing birds in the garden, at sunset, is always a magical experience for me.

They glow in the light of the setting sun.

Here is an Anna's Hummingbird taking in those last rays of the day.

March 19, 2019

Early in the morning when I was checking out the front garden, I noticed a huge flock of cedar waxwings descending on a neighbor's Toyon shrub that was full of berries.

They flew back and forth from the shrub to a magnolia tree across the street, each with a berry in th...

March 18, 2019

What a great weekend to observe bees, birds and butterflies!

The weather was lovely with warmer temperatures and sunshine.

We love the rain, but this is a nice change, when the bees and butterflies are out and about all day. I saw in our garden many bees, a painted lady...

March 14, 2019

Daffodils are always a cheerful sight.

We've been living in our current residence for a little over two years.

The previous tenants apparently planted daffodil bulbs a few years prior to our moving in.

And this is the first spring when there are more daffodils growing in...

March 12, 2019

I originally identified this bumble bee as a hover fly because there is a hover fly that resembles it.

After researching further, I've determined that it definitely is a black-tailed bumble bee Bombus melanopygus.

It is feeding on the nectar of blossoms on our Ray Hartma...

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