Hummingcrow & Co.

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Seán   #Meanwhile

A tiny metallic green cuckoo wasp peeks timidly out of a habitat log hole, taking in the world beyond through its periscopic antennae.

June 4, '02 - robin nest built on ledge of window - now 3 eggs
June 15 - two pink naked babies today + 1 blue egg to go
June 29, 9:30am - 3 robin chicks left nest


Kate  #Meanwhile

junco grass A Dark-eyed junco finds some eats amongst the grass & moss in the late-afternoon sun.

May 17, '09: rufous in kitchen

 

Kate  #Meanwhile

A robin alerts its kin of danger from a lichen-laden perch.

May 26, '12: robin with mouth full of worms lands on my head

Kate  #Meanwhile

Morning pearls of dew are beaded onto threads of moss

A sparkling chalice awaits a thirsty faery

A lupine contact juggler balances its ball with care

Seán   #Meanwhile

A thirsty female rufous hummingbird A thirsty rufous hummer (Selasphorus rufus) returns from her long-distance journey.

April 8, '10: Hummingbirds thick as wasps at feeders this pm -
20 rufous + Annas swarm at dusk
April 11, '04: 'a hummbird wades into bird bath & takes a bath like a robin'



Seán  

Spring gold (Lomatium utriculatum) Spring gold (Lomatium utriculatum)

Today was likely the last sunny day we'll have here over the next week, so Kate and I spent some time out removing invasive daphne and scotch broom, both of which spread easily, crowding out the native ecosystem. After a fair deal of grunting and sweating, we made a very satisfying amount of headway.

#Meanwhile, I encountered a few more of our non-human neighbors...

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March 31, '10: Chickadee stuffing nest box

Seán   #Meanwhile

hoverfly (Criorhina nigripes) A fuzzy hoverfly (Criorhina nigripes) prepares for a busy day of pollinating.

March 16, '10: Hummingbirds & snow

Seán   #Meanwhile

satin-flower A slopeside satin flower (Olsynium douglasii) heralds the return of spring.

March 4, '84: Satin flower on my slope

Seán   #Meanwhile

A varied thrush perches on a lichen-covered oak branch

A vibrant varied thrush greets a grey winter morning, perched amidst budding branches

Kate  #Meanwhile

Many mini mushrooms make micro-movements among moss:

A few more fungi follow:

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