June 2, 2020

Other native plants are blooming, and the bees are visiting them.

This is a Cameo Yarrow Achillea millefolium 'Cameo' flower head, with a female sweat bee enjoying the nectar. I haven't spotted any butterflies visiting the yarrow blossoms yet. Hopefully hairstreak and...

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...

May 6, 2020

And here is one of our friends, the Yellow-faced Bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, on a Rock Phacelia Phacelia californica.

I'm so happy to have captured this image of the endangered bee on one of our new California native additions to the garden.

This phacelia is also kn...

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...

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