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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 25, 2019

We observed a lot of birds in the bird bath today.

The bath seems to be a welcome relief for them, since we still haven't had rain for months.

And it is so unusual to observe different species sharing the bath.

Here is a hermit thrush on the left, who has been splashing i...

November 22, 2019

A pair of house finches were resting in the branches of our neighbors' tree in the morning.

Although house finches are said to reside here year-round, they tend to arrive in the late summer, then leave in the winter. Their native habitats are in chaparral, open woods, g...

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 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...

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December 9, 2019