February 29, 2020

Another cute brown-eyed bushtit visited the backyard and patio.

It was foraging for insects and seemed to find some delicacies.

Here it is checking out dried seeds of the California figwort (bee plant) Scrophularia californica.

To the right is a bright magenta blossom of...

February 24, 2020

The ceanothus is abuzz all day, and now the California bees Bombus californicus are out after their winter rest, as well.

Look at the pollen baskets on this bee!

The same bee, upside down.

I wonder if these are nesting underground or in the tufts of native grasses that ar...

February 21, 2020

There is at least one Western Scrub Jay that visits the bird bath several times a day, sometimes to drink water and sometimes to bathe.

Usually smaller birds visit and bathe here, and as you can see, the bath isn't very big.

But somehow the jay feels very comfortable in...

February 19, 2020

Throughout the year there are always wonderful surprises awaiting in our garden.

After winter rains (hopefully there will be spring showers as well) some of the native plants are slowing but surely producing blossoms.

The bright yellow Siskiyou Woolly Sunflower Eriophyll...

February 15, 2020

Oh how happy it makes me to see the yellow faced bumble bees back in the garden!

Yesterday, when the temperatures were in the upper 60's and it was sunny, this bumble bee spent time around the Ray Hartman ceanothus shrub, feeding on nectar.

Look carefully and you will se...

February 13, 2020

I'm starting to notice different species of birds sharing and not sharing the birdbath.

Usually just one bird at a time will savor the pleasure of diving and splashing in solitude.

But then there are those times when multiple birds want their turn and get impatient.

In th...

February 11, 2020

Before I even see any of these birds, I always can tell when they are back from their very distinctive chatter and chirps. And I could hear them last week.

They always gather high up in our neighbor's redwood tree.

Yesterday morning my patience was rewarded as I stared u...

February 10, 2020

Although it was cool and gusty for part of the day, it was sunny.

And some bees seemed okay with that.

Here is a honey bee on one of the lavender plants in the front yard.

Both plants have been blooming throughout the winter, providing food for the pollinators.


February 5, 2020

 It brings such pleasure to observe so much bird activity in our backyard and patio.

When we moved to our current residence, the garden beds around the patio were quite bare, just a lot of soil. We didn't have many birds visiting because there wasn't much for them to ea...

February 3, 2020

I've always loved to look at sunsets.

Every day they are different.

Sometimes they are serene, with a soft pastel apricot hue above dark, inky blue mountains and hills below.

And then there are the dramatic ones, like this one from yesterday evening.

It's quite unusual wi...

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