New Year's Day... No parades, no football just a wonderful late morning walk with my girl.
|A house finch devouring Toyon berries (Heteromeles arbutifolia).|
|A male Calypte anna enjoying a spot in the sun.|
|The spines almost look soft and cushy--not so!|
|Flowering Eucalyptus and a bee finding its nectar.|
The most hummingbird activity I've seen in awhile with at least male two Calypte annas vying for the attention of a single female. Also a familiar male Selasphorus sasin (Allen's hummingbird) gets a personal name from me.
|Male Calypte anna.|
|3, puffed up for the cold A.M.|
|4, showing color.|
|5, quizzical over the camera beeps.|
|Here Rusty looks like a sleepy old man.|
|Much more handsome in this shot.|
|Sambucus mexicana up close.|
|The one female Calypte anna watching the boys, rather ho-hum.|
|Rusty up high.|
|The same male Anna's hummingbird as above.|
Another fine walk into Corbin Canyon.
This was an unusual site, at least for this location. My former elementary school playground. I guess with the kids still out for winter vacation they felt it was a safe stop.
|Two red-tailed hawks soaring high plus a glimpse of the wonderful weather we had.|
Later that day we trekked a short way west to watch the sunset.
|Allocasuarina torulosa (rose she-oak or forest oak).|
|Another fine looking yellow-rumped warbler.|
|Some sort of aloe.|
|Male Calypte anna, again puffed up for the colder climes.|
|Northern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos).|
|Not sure, could be Acacia covenyi. Once the flowers open we should know.|
|Male Calypte anna.|
|That's Rusty way up there!|
|Rusty again in the coral gum tree.|
|And our lone female Anna's.|
|Unknown eucalyptus flower...|
|and once the flower's gone, here are the seed pods.|
|Scrub jays... having a spat?|
|Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans).|
We had to take a break for the "cold and flu" season. There were some modest walks, sans cameras.
|Rusty the Selasphorus sasin looking dapper!|
|Rusty's favorite tree, a coral gum about to refresh on some flowers.|
|Acacia stenophylla, the shoestring acacia.|
|Eremophila glabra, a favorite of the Calypte anna hummingbirds.|
|Our familiar female Anna's in her typical hang, a braided honey mrytle.|
Here's a couple interesting shots. Look carefully at this male Calypte anna, that's an ant crawling around the end of its beak. Don't forget, you can click images for a better view!
|A bushtit enjoying itself on the shoestring acacia.|
|More bushtits. They typically hop from bush to bush in groups like this. How many can you find?|
|A white-crowned sparrow, very camouflaged.|
|Bye-bye, for now!|