I found it very difficult to leave my home and head off to work this morning. Spring has brought some very colorful visitors, and it’s hard for me to miss out on the only time of year they may come for a little stay.
I’ve never seen these beautiful birds before. They don’t appear in any of my California or Los Angeles area Audubon books. Can you help me out? The photos are a little blurry because I rather hurriedly took them through my kitchen window. I wonder if I’ll see them again?
Most of our backyard birds aren’t nearly this colorful. I presume that the plumage on the majority of my little bird friends serves to camouflage a bit in our particular landscape.
Of course some of our regular visitors never do blend into the landscape. I love watching the Jays weigh the peanuts to find the ones that seem to offer the best reward.
I don’t know who this guy is either! I have seen him before, but not often.
Who do you think he is?
But these guys were my weekend favorite guests. At one point there were six of them in the feeder, but I’m afraid my enthusiasm frightened them off.
I had to scour my books, but based on observation and listening to a recording of their song, I am quite sure these playful fellows are Black-Headed Grosbeaks. Do you agree?
I have never seen them in my yard before this past weekend, and I’m just sure they were playing at my home all day today while I was staring at a computer screen. I don’t suspect they are going to be staying very long, and I am enthralled.
By the way, the Cardinal on the bird feeder is as close to a Cardinal as I’m going to get in my Southern California garden.
I am glad I didn’t miss bath time!
Unfortunately someone else came along to disrupt! I think she wasn’t too happy to see her favorite drinking fountain used as a bath tub!
It’s a good idea I was home to supervise Darwin or I might have been unhappy to see he’d helped himself AGAIN to my succulents. I caught him just in time to grab some aloe from his secret stash.
Darwin does take liberties. We keep the sliding door to a back guest cottage open for Zena to come and go as she pleases. She is a very gracious and careful houseguest.
Not so Darwin!
I guess Darwin is feeling a little jealous! I had to pick him up and move him back outdoors. TWICE!
So now I KNOW I need a NannyCam–to catch him in his mischief!
The garden is alive with lots of lovely visitors. Even the cactus is beginning to bloom, but some of the blossoms only last about 24 hours. If I’m not alert, I miss them entirely.
Spring is glorious isn’t it? I do wonder what I miss while I’m at work. The hawk that comes sweeping through? The Phoebe’s making a nest under the eaves? The woodpecker in the neighbor’s tree?
Listening to the Mourning Doves and pretending they are owls?
Yes, we do that.
Who is playing in your backyard?
Be sure to take notice! Spring can be a very short season!