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

Oriole Video

Here is a short video of two male Hooded Orioles.

video

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

I was wondering what the Oriole was 'crowing' about and then I saw the next picture.
Hooded Oriole

Hooded Oriole
The males don't like to share, meanwhile it's not a problem with the ladies.

Hooded Oriole

Hooded Oriole
The hummingbirds show up once the Hooded Orioles are done.








Saturday, May 20, 2017

A Schlumbergera is Blooming Like Crazy!

This little Schlumbergera of Mike's is blooming like crazy.  I think it looks great!

Schlumbergera
Schlumbergera
Schlumbergera

Epiphyllum Blooms

Two different Epiphyllums have been blooming.
Epiphyllum

Epiphyllum

Epiphyllum
Epiphyllum

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Lurker at The Bird Feeder

When I was going through the pictures taken by the BirdCam, I noticed something unusual in the background of this one picture.


It's head is turn so that you can't see it, but the lower body and feet are definitely a bird of prey.  I see and hear hawks all the time.  


Monday, May 15, 2017

The Hooded Orioles Have Returned

I've heard them and watched the nectar levels go down in the feeders, but I haven't seen a Hooded Oriole yet this year.  However, the BirdCam got some pictures of them today.

Hooded Oriole
Hooded Oriole

Hooded Oriole

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

My Hero!

Gulf Fritillary Butterflies lay their eggs on the passion vines and the resulting caterpillars devour the plant if they are not removed.  Their bitter taste protects them from birds and anything else that might eat them.  However, today I saw a ladybug eating the egg of a Gulf Fritillary Butterfly!

A Ladybug eating the egg of Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

Friday, April 28, 2017

Caterpillar Phacelia

The caterpillar phacelia  (or Phacelia cicutaria) is blooming on the hillside.  I think the flowers are very interesting.

Phacelia cicutaria
Phacelia cicutaria

Phacelia cicutaria
Phacelia cicutaria

Phacelia cicutaria

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Agave Salmiana Bloom Stalk Keeps Growing!

The Agave Salmiana bloom stalk keeps growing.  It looks to be about 20 feet tall. Its hard to be accurate as it is in a tough place to measure.  It's almost the same height as the balcony railing.  The bloom stalk emerged about 6 months ago and it continues to grow.  Here are pictures of it in previous posts http://birdcamoncheltenham.blogspot.com/search/label/Agave%20Salmiana 






Saturday, April 15, 2017

Ornate Tiger Moth

Yesterday I was heading out the door and stopped to tie my shoes, when I looked down on the door mat and saw this Ornate Tiger Moth crawling around.  I thought the wings were striking.  This moth has a range from southern British Columbia to Southern California.

Ornate Tiger Moth

Ornate Tiger Moth