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December 13, 2019

Every day I am reminded by local wildlife why it's important not to remove every single "weed" from the patio and garden.

I took these photos of a Bewick's wren through a glass sliding door, while it inspected a dandelion plant for insects.

The wren spent a few minutes w...

December 11, 2019

Our outdoor welcome mats are made of sisal.

And in the winter rain all seeds that have blown onto the mats throughout the year germinate.

Here we go again! Sprouting mats.

December 9, 2019

Some plants seem transformed by our winter rain.

The leaves of this Baja fairy duster Calliandra californica are beaded with raindrops.

This drought tolerant evergreen is native to Baja California, and produces scarlet red tufted flowers nearly all year round.

It provid...

December 7, 2019

These days, we just never know who we'll see around the backyard.

This is a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, a small olive greenish songbird with a white wingbar with a blackish bar adjacent on the wing.

The faint white eye ring makes it seem to have very large eyes.

When the adult...

December 4, 2019

This was a surprise.

Usually I can hear the northern flickers calling, up in the redwood tree.

Or now and then I can hear one drumming against a tree, somewhere in the neighborhood.

But I only rarely see them.

This one appeared in our backyard in the drizzly weather.

I fir...

December 4, 2019

...according to the hermit thrush.

As long as it's not a downpour, the thrush enjoys splashing in the bath.

December 2, 2019

It's been raining non-stop for several days now.

During the heavy showers the birds are hunkering down in the trees.

But when the rain is light, the birds venture out.

This afternoon I observed this Anna's hummingbird visit the Chiapas salvia shrub for nectar.

The Chiapas...

November 29, 2019

During a lull between rainstorms, this golden crowned sparrow enjoyed its time in the bird bath.

Other golden crowned sparrows attempted to take their turns in the bath, but this sparrow wasn't going to share or leave.

You would think that all that rain we had for the pa...

November 29, 2019

What a relief!

The atmospheric rivers are here, bringing in all that moisture from the Pacific.

Here in Northern California we've been very worried, wondering if we would get our winter rain.

This is a great start.

Yes, it can be wild and woolly weather at times, but oh,...

November 26, 2019

Some of the California poppies are blooming again.

I cut the poppy plants back several times this year when the stems and foliage dried up.

Now that we have had cooler weather with foggy mornings, the plants seem refreshed, with green foliage.

The blossoms are so brillian...

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December 9, 2019