a very good day

Today, we had our best day of backyard birding to date.  In a span of two lovely hours (2:00 – 4:00 pm) spent relaxing in our backyard oasis, we spotted the following birds:

  • one Ladder-Backed Woodpecker pecking on the truck of the eastern most Monterey Pine
  • two Allen’s Hummingbirds fighting over the bottle brush flowers
  • four Juncos eating seeds off the patio
  • ten Chestnut-Backed Chickadees doing acrobatic stunts all over the backyard – under the patio umbrella, in the pines, off the roof, even under the patio table!
  • a dozen or more Bushtits in the Myrica californica shrubs (eating the nutlets?)
  • two White-Breasted Nuthatches and two Red-Breasted Nuthatches!  The pairs were on two different Monterey Pine tree trunks.
  • several other unidentified larger birds were drunkenly gorging themselves on the pyracantha berries.

Only the California Quail were missing.  It was the sort of afternoon that made me happy to be alive: sunny, 74 degrees with a slight to moderate breeze and peacefully, blissfully quiet.  Today we actually had a break from the annoying and ever-present whine of leaf-blowers. The yard as a whole was a hive of activity; it was lovely to hear the birds chirping.  I could not have asked for a more beautiful day!

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