Tuesday, November 21, 2017


We spent some time last week in the Valley Center area, northeast of San Diego.  I collected quite a few new birds for me, since I had not been in this region before.  Below is a sampling of the collections.

 Turkey Vulture

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Western Bluebird

Black Phoebe


 Anna's Hummingbird

Nuttall's Woodpecker

Western Scrub-Jay

 House Finch

 Common Raven

Lesser Goldfinch

 Three Common Ravens attacking a Red-tailed Hawk

 Cal Tech's Palomar Observatory

Acorn Woodpecker

Dark-eyed Junco

 Acorn Woodpecker

Western Scrub-Jay

 White-crowned Sparrow

 Nuttall's Woodpecker

 Oak Titmouse

California Towhee

California Quail

 Red-shouldered Hawk

 Western Grebe on left and Clark's Grebe is on right

Spotted Sandpiper

American Kestrel

Say's Phoebe

 California Ground Squirrel

Prairie Falcon

Saturday, November 11, 2017


We believe in helping with Monarch conservation.  We have two kinds of milkweed on the property.  The Monarchs are migrating south and deposited eggs on our plants the last couple of weeks.  We have about 40 caterpillars stripping the leaves off the 12 or so plants on our property.  Here are some photos of larvae and an adult.

Saturday, October 21, 2017


Had a nice Red-tailed Hawk come over the house this morning.  We only see them once in a while in the summer.  Fall to spring, they are fairly common.