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Swarm: Ladybug Clusters

It’s that time of year, when the ladybugs return to Redwood Regional Park in Oakland, California.  I haven’t hiked out to see them yet this season, but I’ve heard from others that the clusters are back (I’ll head out next week to see for myself and take more photos).  Until then, here are a two…

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Birding: American Kestrel

I’ve been spending a lot of time at home lately with my son, who’s now sick with his third cold (flu?) in four weeks.  Today we had to get out for some fresh air.  At around lunchtime, we heard our local Great Horned Owl hoo-hooing.  I know it isn’t a typical night-time owl walk, but…

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Squirrel: On the Screen Door

I keep moving our bird feeder around our backyard, trying to find a location where the squirrels cannot attack it from.  I’m failing.  I’ve moved it so the squirrels cannot jump from the fence, but now they simply climb the backyard screen door and leap from there.  As you can see, the brave little critter…

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Butterfly Fun! Coyote Hills Regional Park

We had a wonderful time at the 14th Annual Butterfly & Bird Festival at Coyote Hills Regional Park today!  The highlight?  So many monarchs fluttering around the Nectar Garden.  Beautiful! Related articles This Sunday! Butterfly & Bird Festival, Coyote Hills (anaturemom.com)

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Squirrels: Waiting

These two are such a nuisance.  Now they’ve taken to sitting on the fence, one on each wall, watching me, waiting patiently for me to leave.  I’m sure the second I’m away from the window, they’ll attack the bird feeder. Looks as if I may have to try one or two of these “Tips for…

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This Sunday! Butterfly & Bird Festival, Coyote Hills

If you live in the San Francisco area, and you’re into butterflies, I suggest you head to Coyote Hills Regional Park this Sunday (June 9th, 2013) for the annual Butterfly & Bird Festival.  We’ve attended this for the last three years and always love it!  See what I wrote about our visit last year…  Monarchs! …

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Darn! The New Squirrel

We have a new backyard visitor… a young, nimble, ravenous squirrel.  Since this one arrived, we haven’t seen our resident three-legged squirrel.  This one appears to have taken over the territory.  Even worse?  This one is light and agile enough to jump from our barbecue onto the bird feeder!  We’ve moved things around and stumped…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

Anyone know what kind of bird this is?  I was sitting on a picnic table, waiting for my friend to arrive for our hike, when this beautiful yellow-breasted bird landed on a branch right above me.  I wasn’t able to see what the bird looked like from the side or from above, so I don’t…

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Butterfly: Western Tiger Swallowtail

My brother and his wife celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this weekend with a lovely party in their backyard.  This gorgeous butterfly blessed the occasion with a fly through and settled on a flower just long enough to allow me to capture a photograph. Western Tiger Swallowtail Photo taken April 13th, 2013 Pleasanton, California