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January 11, 2020

The Northern Mockingbirds seem to be very comfortable around the garden, all year round.

A couple of them checked out the garden beds for insects and berries.

And they scored with the asparagus fern. Unbeknownst to me, there were some ripe red berries somewhere in the pl...

January 3, 2020

I hope your new year is starting well.

Let's all make this a better and brighter year!

December 27, 2019

During a break between light rain showers, a group of sparrows and a California towhee descended on the front yard.

I observed the activity through a window, and also took these photos through the window because I didn't want to disturb the birds by any kind of movement...

December 22, 2019

Rain and mist creates so much atmosphere.

These are silhouettes of golden crowned sparrows perched high up on dried blackberry vines.

Birds seem to really enjoy the weather, as long as the rain showers aren't heavy and gusty winds are absent.

Another golden crowned sparro...

December 16, 2019

After a week of misty, rainy weather, we enjoyed a weekend of sunshine.

The plants were starting to get soggy, blossoms moldy.

We love the winter rain, but it's nice to have a sunny day now and then, when the plants can dry out just a little bit, and pollinators emerge.


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 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...

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