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 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!


  1. Dude, I would take 79 degrees in a heartbeat. Still in the 90s in Louisiana. Love the pics as always but really enjoy your insights into how the critters are interacting too. Hummingbirds always look annoyed to me ��

  2. Nice close-ups as always. I was surprised you caught so many photos of the dragonflies but then I guess that garden has water, doesn't it?