An Old Friend

Yard work doesn’t really make a great blog topic, but that’s what I’ve been doing much of  the last two weeks. It’s been great working with grandkids, but it still doesn’t make blogable material.

So, I guess you’ll have to be content with a few shots of the hummingbirds that buzz around us while we work.  I’ll have to admit I really don’t know how many different hummingbirds visit our yard, but looking at the photographs it’s clear that there are two different varieties that take turns trying to drive the other away from the Crocosmia.

This appears to be an Annas’s Hummingbird standing lookout on the plum tree

and hovering mid-air between blossoms. 

The Rufous takes a more direct approach to guarding its prized possession and perches on the Crocosmia stems

because it takes a lot of energy to visit all of the blossoms.

Peregrine Falcon

After our return from Santa Rosa and before our state’s lockdown, Leslie and I managed to visit Theler Wetlands.  The skies were gray and there weren’t as many birds as I had hoped, but I was pretty excited when I spotted this Peregrine Falcon who seemed to have spotted me first. 

Unfortunately, it took a lot of Photoshopping to make this picture look as good as it does because of the brush in the front and the lack of sunshine.  On the other hand, the grey skies completely disappeared when I eliminated the shadows and got rid of the noise.

I ended up taking shots from several different points along the trail, but I think this shot was my favorite.

If I hadn’t seen another bird I would have still considered the trip a complete success, but as it turned out I got another shot that I loved — perhaps even more.