Saturday, July 22, 2017

A Hummer Visits the Agave!

Here are my first pictures of a Hummingbird on the Agave Salmiana blooms.

Agave Salmiana and Hummingbird

Agave Salmiana and Hummingbird

Agave Salmiana and Hummingbird

Agave Salmiana

Agave Salmiana

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

A Western Scrub-Jay and the Sunflower!

From the kitchen window I could see a Western Scrub-Jay land on the top of a sunflower.  Then it would bend over, grab a kernel and fly off to a tree branch to open and eat the sunflower kernel.  After watching this cycle a few times I grabbed a camera with a telephoto lens but was unsuccessful taking a picture.  Although the Western Scrub-Jays are somewhat comfortable with me around, that wasn't the case with this bird.  So I set up the BirdCam and got these pictures.


Western Scrub-Jay

Western Scrub-Jay

Western Scrub-Jay

Western Scrub-Jay


On the left side of this picture you can partially see the Western Scrub-Jay.  This is the branch it would fly to and eat the kernel of the sunflower.

Platform Feeder

I have a platform feeder on a post that is about six feet off the ground.  I also have a slinky on the post to keep the squirrels off.  I set up the BirdCam to see who would come to visit.
BirdCam and platform feeder

BirdCam and platform feeder

Western Scrub-Jay

Western Scrub-Jay

Western Scrub-Jay

California Towhee,

Western Scrub-Jay

Western Scrub-Jay

Western Scrub-Jay

American Crow
American Crow

American Crow

Western Scrub-Jay

Band-tailed Pigeon coming in and Western Scrub-Jay taking off!

Band-tailed Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon

Oak Titmouse



Morning fog with Western Scrub-Jay

American Crow

American Crow


American Crow

American Crow


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Here are six picture showing the progression of the agave blooming. The last one has a "party hat". Mike put a 16oz red cup on the top for scale!  The hummingbirds should start showing up soon.






Friday, June 16, 2017

Update on the Agave Salmiana

The bloom stalk on the Agave Salmiana continues to grow and now it's starting to send out horizontal branches for the blooms.  There is a smaller branch starting to come out on the other side.




Agave Salmiana.  
This is the view from the kitchen door.  That is a time lapse camera mounted on a pole.  It's taking 1 picture an hour from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Agave Salmiana, 

Here you can see the second branch starting to come out.

Agave Salmiana, 
Because of it's location its hard to measure the height, but I estimating that it's anywhere from 24 to 27 feet tall from the base to the top.

Agave Salmiana,

Red-tailed Hawk

A Red-tailed Hawk has been circling overhead for the last few days.  Every time I would go grab my camera it would fly away.  But today I was able to get a few pictures. 

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Sunday, June 4, 2017

BirdCam on the Birdbath

Yesterday afternoon I set the BirdCam up in front of the birdbath, just to see who visits. A raccoon, house finch, western scrub-jay and a mourning dove stopped by for a drink of water. 

Raccoon

Raccoon
House Finch

Western Scrub-Jay

Western Scrub-Jay

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove