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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...

March 7, 2020

Yesterday I wrote a post about the blossoming Island Alum Root Heuchera maxima plant.

Well look who was visiting all of the blossoms early this morning, a California bumble bee Bombus californicus.

Who could resist all that wonderful softness...

What a busy little bumble...

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 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.

Meanwhile...

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...

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March 31, 2020