Sunday, October 14, 2018

Today's walk report: 101418

Theme and Variations.

Photos from today...

This is the same Allen's hummingbird as shot yesterday. He was being abundantly evasive.

Selasphorus sasin.
Southwestern fence lizard.
Leptotes marina on a Baja fairy duster bush.
Variegated Meadowhawk on a prickly pear cactus.
Another Variegated Meadowhawk.
Another Leptotes marina this time on Westringia.
Gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus) on the same Westringia.
Same as above with a new pose.
Yellowstriped armyworm on a water plant in the garden's fountain.

 If you live in the United States and are at least 18 years of age please make sure you are registered to vote and get out and vote Tuesday, November 6. Think about the future of your children and your children's children--think about the future of the planet.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Today's walk report: 101318

Rain, come down, and fall forever
Drain, the dirt, into the wasteland
Pray, for sound, to quiet the howling... *

Cheery, no? But HEY!, we got rain last night a whole .32" of it along with thunder and lightning! It was a big surprise too since the weather people have been faking us out with predictions as high as an 80% probability for almost two weeks now and--nothing. Anyway, it definitely felt like fall for today's late morning walk.

Here are some photos...

Spooky crow.
Male Allen's hummingbird.
Female/Immature Anna's hummingbird.
Male Anna's hummingbird.
Same bird as above, right profile.
That's all I've got and it's time for Dodger baseball.
 *

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Today's walk report: 100718

It might be fall? If you didn't know the date and were beamed to SoCal from most anywhere else in the U.S. you would likely find the season to be questionable. Technically it's fall but it isn't always obvious, at least not in October. Right now, early afternoon it's 79º  (26º  C) and it's a beautiful day. But fall? Humph! Whatever.

Here are pictures from this morning...

A Northern mockingbird and a crow.
The mockingbird and the crow suddenly vacated the pine tree. I wonder why?


I got a little closer.

Red-tailed hawk and a healthy one at that.
Various shots of a  Common Green Darner dragonfly (Anax junius) since it was so accommodating by staying put.




I read on Answers.com: A female dragonfly curls its tail when she is looking for a place to lay her eggs. She is disguising herself to look like a stinging insect so that her predators don't bother her.
I'm taking that claim with a grain of salt.


Female rufous hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus).
California towhee, a.k.a,, grumpy bird.
This Variegated Meadowhawk dragonfly (Sympetrum corruptum) dodged the Allen's hummingbird below a couple of times. Dragonflies have keen eyesight and are masters of flight. I don't think the hummingbird was trying to catch it but it was rather annoyed that the dragonfly was in its space for catching small flies.


Allen's hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin).
Same bird, same bush.
A scrub jay wondering where to hide a nut.
Thanks for stopping by!