September 17, 2020

The birds are surviving the toxic air that has been surrounding us for more than a week.

Fortunately we aren't too close to the terrifying and destructive California wildfires.

But the particulate levels in the air have been dangerously high, preventing us from venturing...

August 13, 2020

Here in the Bay Area, this month has the nickname "Fogust".

It's foggy until midday, then the sun breaks through.

While the temperatures remain in the sixties in San Francisco, here in the East Bay, especially inland, it can get quite warm, even up into the nineties.

Pl...

July 25, 2020

Yesterday I observed this fascinating and humorous interaction between a hungry Northern Mockingbird fledgling and its mother.

First I saw the fledgling land in one of the plant beds, and then it flew to a nearby large pot containing a Blue Blossom Ceanothus Ceanothus t...

May 20, 2020

We love to hear the chattering and songs of the Bewick Wrens.

They are so fond of our garden, that they are constant visitors, bringing their fledglings for visits.

This one was singing on the branch of our neighbors' apple tree.

After singing, it foraged around our patio...

April 27, 2020

Now that the California Figwort Scrophularia californica is blooming again, the hummingbirds have another nectar source in our plant beds around the patio.

Next to the figwort we have Hummingbird sage Salvia spathacea, Chiapas sage, Minnie Mouse cuphea, Hot Lips sage,...

April 15, 2020

A rare sighting, a Rufous hummingbird visiting the plants around the patio.

Usually Anna's hummingbirds are the only ones we see around our garden, so imagine my surprise to notice this one. At first it looked like an Anna's hummingbird because of the green on its back...

March 31, 2020

I just love the oak titmouse.

They sing and chirp throughout the day, and bathe in the bird bath, but are more elusive than the other birds that visit our garden. I consider it quite an accomplishment when I do capture their images.

This is a particularly sweet pose in...

March 9, 2020

Oh how I love the cedar waxwings!

I look forward to their arrival every spring, and here they are.

This morning was the first time this year that I observed them and heard their distinctive high, thin chirps.

Every morning and late afternoon they perch high up in our neig...

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 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...

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