Saturday, March 23, 2019

Today's walk report: 032319

A very gray day.

Here are some pictures.

A mourning dove, perhaps carrying a clutch of 2?

Falco mexicanus, the prairie falcon.

Our good friend Rusty G. Alpha (male Selasphorus sasin).

A grumpy dude.

A one-eyed bearded man.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Today's walk report: 031719

Vanessa cardui.

So I may be brief, here is the story on these butterflies via the Los Angeles Times.

Docken and I have been having a blast taking pictures and marveling at 10s of 1000s of these butterflies flying across our property for past week. It's absolutely amazing.

Here are some photos from walks Saturday, today, Sunday and also some shot around the house.

Vanessa cardui on Coleonema pulchellum.

on Ceanothus griseus,

on prostrate rosemary,

 and on Senna bicapsularis.

There were still lots of painted ladies but along with the wind dying down drastically so did the the butterfly traffic.

Then there was this female Calypte anna hummingbird. She's being swooped upon by a male in these images, that's what she's attentively looking up at. The plant is Peritoma arborea. We have 6 of these, about 6" tall, right now grown from seed.

Finally, here are some shots of Vanessa cardui taken at home over the past several days.

PS, Docken, I love you!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Today's walk report: 031019

Okay, this is really yesterday's walk report. I got the pictures ready and then lost interest yesterday afternoon.

It was a gorgeous morning for the walk but by 5:20 PM we had a downpour which started with some hail. Anyway on to the photos...

Yes, Rusty G. Alpha was hanging out.

I think it was just cold enough to put some bees in slow motion, like this one seemingly resting on this blue (not blue) hibiscus (not a hibiscus) flower.

The biggest show was from several Vanessa Cardui butterflies.

Sunday, March 3, 2019