October 30, 2019

A male monarch visited the garden on Sunday while we were experiencing strong wind gusts.

It was after nectar, and was not going to be deterred by some wind.

The blossoms on the blackberry hedge are very popular with all of the pollinators right now, and the monarch was...

October 29, 2019

Butterflies held their own in spite of the very strong gusts of wind yesterday.

They navigated well through the powerful air currents, and easily landed on leaves and flowers.

Here a cabbage white rests on a nasturtium leaf.

And a painted lady spent time on future ivy ber...

October 28, 2019

Such a nice surprise to see a yellow-faced bumble bee visiting.

These bumble bees had been a constant presence in our garden from the early spring through September. For the past month I've mostly seen honey bees, and it seemed like the yellow-faced bumblebees went into...

October 26, 2019

The warm October weather keeps the pollinators around, as long as we there is nectar and pollen to be had.

Many of the native bees seem to already have gone into hibernation, since most of their food sources are now dormant. But the honey bees are still out and about.


October 25, 2019

When the brown-eyed bushtits descend upon the garden they always travel in flocks of at least twelve. There is always a lot of activity and twittering as they fly through the foliage, picking insects off leaves and blossoms.


This individual was dining on a meal of ins...

October 23, 2019

Along with the White crowned sparrows, the Golden-crowned sparrows are back from the tundra.

This Golden-crowned sparrow found some insects on the dried California Delta sunflower.

Moments like this are always reminders why we shouldn't cut down all of the dried or dorma...

October 22, 2019

One thing you can always be sure of, where there's lavender blooming, you'll find honey bees.

Our two lavender plants in the front yard bloom almost constantly.

When the weather is warm enough, at least around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, honey bees visit the plants throughout...

October 21, 2019

Pollinators are still in the garden this autumn, fortunately.

We've only been living in this house for a couple of years, so I keep trying to figure out which native plants to plant that will bloom at different times of the year to keep the pollinators fed.

It's still a...

October 16, 2019

How exciting to see the white-crowned sparrows back for the winter.

They nest on the tundra in arctic and subarctic Alaska and Canada during the summer, then migrate.

Some of them migrate to California for the winter.

From a distance it can be difficult to see the marking...

October 14, 2019

Today was a beautiful day.

The sun shone and there was a distinctive slight crispness in the air.

Fall is gradually making its arrival in the Bay Area.

And the butterflies fluttered through the air, landing on their remaining nectar sources.

The Russian River Coyote Mint i...

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