a pair near a leaking waterstand.
in the trees and bushes
a total of 7 or 8
heard but not seen
numerous in the trees
not very many of these
one lone bird
fairly numerous on the ponds
3 or 4
Riding a wire as we drove to the Refuge
20+ feeding in a field
Numerous along the 5 mile loop
Numerous clumps roadside both within and outside of the Refuge.
Slightly larger than and browner than the Brush Rabbit. Seen at the observation platform nearest the entrance. Counted at least six
A nesting female at the local nursery. In a Cut-leaf maple with a sold sign on it. The buyer is having them hold the tree until the chicks have fledged.
many of the lower branches of the oaks are infested with the caterpillars this spring
Photos 2 is of the frasse or Oak moth droppings upon a spider web.
Nesting female in an Alder branch hanging over the trail. Three youngsters underneath!
People often miss the fruit balls hanging from the now dead vines. Seeds are big and, as I understan it, very poisonous.
Feeding on Live Oak. Looks like another bad year for the oaks. I recently saw numerous small oaks whose leaves were eaten away by the California Oak Moth so it is double trouble. Don't know if it is response to early winter rains and then none or unusually warm days in the past few weeks with temperatures exceeding 80º, which is unusual for our area.
I almost stepped on these two as I went to reprogram a garden times. My question was: SEX or CANNIBALISM?
Guess it was the former since they were still there, unchanged, three hours later.
Active nest building