Sunday, November 25, 2018

Today's walk report: 112518

The usual suspects...

See if you recognize any familiar faces or plumage.

No, not this black phoebe (Sayornis nigricans).

And not this maturing male Anna's hummingbird (Calypte anna).

Not this female Anna's hummingbird either ...

But rather these two. Yes, they are becoming regulars here. A handsome male Calypte anna and a very good looking male Selasphorus sasin (Allen's hummingbird).

I've got a serious itch goin'.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Today's walk report: 112318

Another beautiful day in L.A.

This red tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) went from tree to tree for us a few times. Thanks dude!

This is the same male Calypte Anna as photographed yesterday.

Phoebis sennae, the cloudless sulphur.
Gulf fritillary or passion butterfly.
American bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus).
I took a few photos of this very same dragonfly yesterday but I wasn't happy with the results. Thanks for the second chance.

Varigated meadowhawk.

  Shhh,,, wabbit tracks.

Once again, the local male Allen's hummingbird. If he looks a little pooped, he had just chased a rival male from his territory.

That's all folks, see ya later!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Today's walk report: 112218-Happy-Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, 2018!

Last night we had .52" of much needed rain and that made for a really beautiful day and a wonderful walk. See for yourself...

Clouds and trees...

And clouds and crows...

A very cooperative male Anna's hummingbird...

And an equally cooperative male Allen's hummingbird. This is the same bird as seen in my previous walk report. Once I've taken pictures of the same bird a few times they usually get a name. There was an Allen's hummingbird in this same location for a couple of years that I named Rusty but then a second one showed up that I named "Not Rusty". Yes, I could tell them apart. Again today I saw two males but this one is the dominant Allen's in this territory. 

I hope you enjoyed the pictures. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Today's walk report: 111818

It was a really nice, quiet, Sunday walk. It hasn't been quiet at home. We've been dealing with the house right being us removing several palm trees with the constant brattle of two chainsaws. Some of these trees exceed 70' in height but I've never really done the math. You can be the judge, the guy in the photo had already topped the one tree and there's about another 8' below this image. It would have been nice if these trees were pruned of dead fronds from the get go over the past 65 years but they weren't and they have been a nightmare for years, falling in our yard and on our roof, sometimes a dozen or more at once. Go in the back yard and put your life in jeopardy.

Onto pictures from the walk...

Female Selasphorus sasin.
Male Selasphorus sasin.
 I believe this is a female, Hairy woodpecker (Dryobates villosus).

Thanks for taking a look. Remember to look up from time to time when you're out walking around.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Today's walk report: 111118

California is on fire (again).


There was virtually no walking. Walking around was a bad idea. However, we did see people, jogging, bicycling and walking. A few were wearing respirator masks (still crazy) but most were not (really whacko).

This is the Woolsey Fire. There appeared to have been two small flare-ups that just started as we pulled into a parking lot. In less than 200 yards and the time it took to park the car, there were three spots and a lot more smoke. I don't ever recall flames coming so close into the Valley. This fire and others throughout California this week have been a real tragedy. To top things off idiot #45 had to say some really wrong shit about a horrible situation.

As the crow flies we were just a little over 5 miles away from the flames here. This was the first shot I took. There are three flare-ups in the image.

This is the same shot zoomed in.

This is a five image panorama taken 7 minutes later.

I believe this is a Grumman (Conair) CS2F Turbo Firecat.

Later... Grumpy Bird is feeling pretty grumpy. Besides all of the tragedy and heartache for so many humans, think of the terror for the animals. In all probability this was all about some human fucking up.