The goldfinches are back

Nov 26, 2016 by Janine |
We've had some interesting birds pass though this week. A flock of robins flew over on Thanksgiving, and we've got 4 American goldfinches visiting the feeder. Here are 3 of them.



Hummingbirds never seem to cooperate by feeding from these flowers in the bright sunlight! It is always in the evening.



Cicada



Eastern phoebe. He likes sitting on this bat and looking for insects.



Speaking of bats, I've got a new bat detector that auto-detects bat species from their echo location calls. We have been astonished with the diversity of bats just in our garden- according to the detector we have Hoary Bats, Eastern Red Bat, Brazilian Free Tails, Evening Bats, and Big Brown Bat. The only one I have actually seen is the Hoary bat, because it is a large bat and it often flies around our yard at dusk. The smaller bats tend to wait until it is dark, so I've only "seen" them through the bat detector. There are certainly enough mosquitoes for them to eat!

A new visitor to the garden also arrived this week, a blue-headed vireo.



Supermoon from earlier this month



Turtle Friend and Walla Walla

Nov 12, 2016 by Janine |
A box turtle wandered through the garden this week. I love seeing them ambling along.



Black throated blue warbler from a couple of weeks ago.



Visited Walla Walla earlier this fall. Just now getting around to pics!



Great blue heron with frog legs for dinner



Another turtle friend, a western painted turtle



California quail



Western scrub jay flyover



A flock of young cedar waxwings decimated these elderberry bushes.



Early morning mule deer



Kingfisher flyover



Palouse Falls, the official state waterfall of Washington







A closer look at the sunflowers revealed this miniature drama unfolding.



I wondered if the spider was planning to try and grab the bee, or if it was waiting for smaller prey. Eventually the bee flew off and left the spider to it.