Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Begonia Fred Martin

Mike's begonia Fred Martin is looking great!  I couldn't resist taking more pictures and posting.

B. Fred Martin

B. Fred Martin

B. Fred Martin
B. Fred Martin

B. Fred Martin

Monday, July 27, 2020

Video of Male Hooded Oriole

Here is is video of an adult male Hooded Oriole at a feeder.

Screen capture of Hooded Oriole in video


Saturday, July 25, 2020

Hooded Oriole

Here are some pictures of a Male Hooded Oriole that I took this morning.  I first noticed it at the oriole feeder and then it flew up to a branch.

Hooded Oriole
Hooded Oriole

Hooded Oriole

Hooded Oriole
An adult male and juvenile female Hooded Oriole

An adult male and juvenile female Hooded Oriole

Monday, July 20, 2020

Red-tailed Hawks Circling and Screeching

A pair of Red-tailed Hawks were circling and screeching this afternoon.  They were moving so quickly that I wasn't able to get both of them in one picture.

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Thursday, July 16, 2020

The Oriole chicks Fledge The Nest

This morning the Orioles fledged the nest in an undramatic fashion. I guess I've seen to many movies or bird documentaries. I was expecting the chicks to jump up and sit on the edge of the nest, stretching one wing and then the other, while looking about before making that leap into the world. Instead they climbed up the nest, onto the branch and out of camera range. Without their weight in the nest, it sprang back up. So hopefully I'll see them or the BirdCam will take a picture of them at one of the Oriole feeders with their parents. Orioles have 1-2 broods a year so maybe they will lay another batch of eggs before heading back to Mexico.


Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Great Horned Owl

A Great Horned Owl was hanging out in the pine tree this afternoon. It calmly sat there and watched me take pictures from about 30-40 feet away. I hope it sticks around.

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Monday, July 13, 2020

Orioles Feeding Their Chicks

Here is some video of the Orioles and their nest. They are feeding the chicks and doing a little nest maintenance. The male bird has a black bib.


Morning Visitor!

So early this morning I was heading out the front door with video camera in hand to capture some activity at the Oriole nest. Just as I grabbed the door knob I saw some movement and decided to wait. This little skunk was doing some morning grooming.

Skunk at Front Door


Sunday, July 12, 2020

Cotyledon Tomentosa AKA Bear's Paw

My Cotyledon Tomentosa (Bear's Paw) is beginning to bloom. This plant is known for it's leaves, that resemble a bear's paw. I like the contrasting colors of the blooms. This is just the first cluster of blooms and many more are starting to emerge.

Cotyledon Tomentosa (Bear's Paw) 

I like the sort fuzzy hairs on the leaves, they are very soft.

Cotyledon Tomentosa (Bear's Paw) 



Saturday, July 11, 2020

Oriole Nest with Chicks

We noticed a lot of Oriole chatter under the carport.  It turns out they built a nest in a ficus tree and today I got some video of the parents flying to the nest to feed the chicks.  Here is the set up.
The video camera is on a tripod and aimed at the Oriole nest.
Here is the video.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Plumeria, Intense Rainbow

This is one of my favorite Plumeria, Intense Rainbow. I moved it out of direct sunlight, so now gets morning light and is under shade cloth the rest of the day, I think it is happier.

Plumeria, Intense Rainbow

Saturday, July 4, 2020

B. staudtii

I like this view into one of my terrariums. I can look at it from my desk. It's B. staudtii and I like everything about this plant. The texture of the leaves, the little hairs on the stems, the yellow flowers and the orange color of the blooms before they open. Plus it's a begonia that is easy to grow in a terrarium!

B. staudtii

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Fox on Security Camera

A fox has been reported in the area and I finally got a few seconds of one on the cheapo security camera.


Here is a still photo from the video.  I'm really glad to see the fox it and I hope it stays around for a while.  It's a great eco-friendly way to keep the rodent population in check.


Gray Fox



Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Begonia, The Big Easy

I like the big blooms on the begonia, The Big Easy.  And I think the morning dew makes for a nice picture.

Begonia The Big Easy
Begonia The Big Easy

Begonia The Big Easy

Boliviensis hybrid, Mistral Pink

This Boliviensis hybrid, Mistral Pink makes a great hanging basket.

Boliviensis hybrid, Mistral Pink

Monday, June 22, 2020

An Acorn Woodpecker at a Bird Feeder

Well I've never seen this before.  It's an Acorn Woodpecker eating at one of the bird feeders.  He's a bit big for this feeder, but he manages to twist himself around to get to the seed.  It's a male because there is no black patch between the white forehead and red crown.  And it's a juvenile because it's eyes are black and adults have white eyes.

Acorn Woodpecker

Acorn Woodpecker

Acorn Woodpecker

Acorn Woodpecker

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Popular Impatien

This impatien is growing by the front door.  It is very popular with visitors.  It's impatiens auricoma x bicauudata.  


Impatien auricoma x bicauudata

Impatien auricoma x bicauudata

Monday, June 15, 2020

Mike Flaherty's Tuberous Begonia

Mike Flaherty is growing the best looking picotee tuberous begonia.  I like the contrast of the color on the edge compared to the rest of the petal.  One of my favorites!  

PicoteeTuberous Begonia

PicoteeTuberous Begonia

PicoteeTuberous Begonia

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Plumeria

More Plumeria blooms.  I like how they are pink when they first bloom and then become white.  These have a nice light fragrance.

Plumeria

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Visitors To The Birdbath

Every now and then I like to set the BirdCam in front of the ground level birdbath.  It's fun to see what shows up.  I like this first picture of a chipmunk, looking right at the camera.

Chipmunk
Rabbit

Lessor Goldfinch

Chipmunks

Rabbit

Mourning Doves

Squirrel


Thursday, June 11, 2020

Neoporteria Jussieui

My Neoporteria Jussieui is blooming, and with more buds ready to bloom!  

Neoporteria Jussieui
Neoporteria Jussieui