Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Sea Pink or Thrift. I suspect it gets the latter name from its remarkable ability to thrive in the tiniest cracks of large boulders or in places where there is about as much soil as you would find under your fingernails after a day's gardening. This vigorous clump is growing on the eastern side of Clover Point, overlooking Ross Bay.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014
The Red Barn Market on Vanalman to have one of their amazing sandwiches. This one pictured above had everything on it including their house smoked meat and cheese. The place was packed, as it almost always is and well worth stopping in. - Fern
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Friday, April 25, 2014
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) looks perfectly at home amongst the blossoms on this old apple tree. As one wanders among the bushy overgrown areas on this coast the remains of derelict orchards are often encountered. The early settlers' houses and gardens may have completely disappeared but the orchards remain. Not so long ago everyone had an orchard or at least a few fruit trees on their property to provide fruit that could be eaten fresh and preserved for the winter. It's a good idea.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) who kindly stopped his foraging and posed for me. Apparently there are owls in that bit of forest as well though I didn't see them. Next time!
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
People have kitesurfed across the Atlantic.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Brant goose (also known as Black Brant), Branta bernicla nigricans. I saw this one and a half-dozen others grazing in the sea lettuce near the shore at Clover Point. I've seen Brant there before but never so close to shore. While I was mentioning the differences in appearance between male and female birds the other day, I didn't mention another fairly common phenomenon - cases such as the Brant where there is little or no difference in appearance between the genders.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Mourning Cloak because of the dark underside of its wings. People used to wear black to indicate they were mourning the death of a loved one. I suspect this is a custom that is dying out. I always associate butterflies with hot weather so I was pleased to see this one at Swan Lake recently though our weather is still a bit cool.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Google "Red-winged Blackbird" and take a look at the images. Nineteen of the first twenty photos that come up are of male Red-winged Blackbirds. This is much the same with other birds; the brightly colored and patterned males are much more likely to be photographed and identified than the less ostentatious females. It is possible to ascribe this imbalance to a natural preference for bright colors and sharp contrasts but this begs the question as to why that should be the case. Anyway, to redress the balance a little here are two photos of female birds: above is a female Red-winged Blackbird and below is a female Northern Flicker.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla), so-called because of that bright yellow stripe on his head. That stripe is not just for decoration - how big and bright it is marks this bird's place in the flock hierarchy.
Friday, April 11, 2014
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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon). I've been waiting for these to bloom and was rewarded during a visit to Highrock Park earlier this week.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus). These birds are easier to see at this time of year before the leaves have come out because they like to hop around in the undergrowth. In the summer they always seem to be hiding behind some leaves.
Monday, April 7, 2014
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris). These little birds, fittingly, like to live amongst the bull rushes and reeds at the water's edge of Swan Lake. One can't help but admire them - they are so busy building nests and singing out to define their territory and attract spouses. In an attempt to attract females the males build many nests.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
|Here's a couple of photos of a Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata). It's a bird I always think of when I think of birdwatching (or "birding" as the current term is). These birds are quite common but I never saw one before I took up birding. When you are birding, you look with concentrated attention and so you see a lot more. The bonus is that a lot of what you see is interesting and beautiful.|
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
|The cruising Mallard Duck and the snoozing Western Painted Turtle above perfectly embody the scene these days at Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary. Time to lie down on a log and get toasted!|
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris), seen swimming at Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary on Saturday. I like this photo because the coppery ring around the neck that gives this bird its name is very visible here and it is often hard to see.