Sunday, December 23, 2018

Today's walk report: 122318

It was very quiet in the garden today and unfortunately hardly a creature was stirring... but I did manage to get a couple of pictures at least enough to show we were there.

Our favorite male Allen's hummingbird, Rusty G. Alpha was around but wasn't being especially accommodating on the photo-op side. I don't want to hurt his feelings but soon we will have grevillea/Allen's hummingbird photo potential in our own backyard. We've had a male Allen's here for years and my wonderful sister gave us a beautiful grevillea 'Peaches and Cream' as a Christmas gift.

This young male Anna's hummingbird (Calypte anna) was profiled in my walk report from December 16th but he was being highly evasive today.

Here's our old friend Grumpy bird in what might be his grumpy bird home. California towhees typically build their nests in shrubs. They even like poison oak. This is a dead Calothamnus quadrifidus bush (Common Net Bush), which, for me anyway, really seems to suit Grumpy bird.


  1. Does the nest indicate that grumpy bird has found himself a mate, or that he's simply trying to entice one? If the latter, maybe he needs to hang some bright red berries to improve his chances.

  2. Grumpy Bird just wants to be loved...