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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...

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 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...

January 29, 2020

This Northern Black Phoebe seems to be very comfortable in our garden.

It visits throughout the day, chirping, and always on the watch for insects.

Apparently it finds a lot of food here.

It is perched here on a dried Delta Sunflower plant that I left in the ground, for...

January 27, 2020

A White Throated Sparrow has been visiting our garden for the past few days.

I thought at first that it was a white crowned sparrow with unusual markings - the white throat and yellow markings near the eyes. But it turns out to be a white throated sparrow, which is very...

January 22, 2020

The brown-eyed bushtits visit the garden several times a day, in a flock of at least a dozen.

They seem to find a lot of insects to eat, flying from shrub to shrub, tree to tree.

From a distance they look like cute little balls of fluff, but they actual have very intense...

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March 31, 2020