365 Nature – Day 275

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Today I watched the birds visiting the feeders that I put up on Day 254 and refilled this morning. The peanuts I put in the feeder were gone within an hour or so and as far as I saw, they were all taken by the Steller's Jay. In the afternoon I sat and watched the goldfinches, of which there are many, visiting the feeders. They prefer the shelled sunflower mix and the patio mix, and are almost never on the feeder...

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365 Nature – Day 274

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. I returned to the arboretum hoping for another look at the Great Horned Owl I saw yesterday on Day 273. Although I walked the paths around that area for quite awhile, I failed to find any owls and no alarm calls led me to owls either. I continued my walk and focused on my ears to listen for alarm calls. Something did catch my attention, but at first I wasn't sure what it was, I just knew there was a sound...

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365 Nature – Day 273

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Some days I choose the right path to walk and today was one of those days. I set off through the arboretum and took a left to go through a native plant garden and as I wandered the paths I heard warning calls from small birds like Bewick's Wrens. As I watched I saw an Anna's Hummingbird also joining which I frequently see them do when there's a Barred Owl. This is the same place I saw a Barred Owl...

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365 Nature – Day 272

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Ever since I put our feeders up on Day 254 the birds have been returning in greater numbers every day. First it was a few House Finches and Black-capped Chickadees and not much else. But then I noticed the handful of peanuts I'd put out were gone. So I added more and again they disappeared while I was away. After doing this a few times I looked out front one day to find not one corvid, but three looking for...

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365 Nature – Day 256

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. This summer, it feels as though there has been few birds in our yard, or if they're there, I just haven't paid attention. Over the last couple of weeks, I've noticed a return presence of the Bewick's Wren. In the spring they nested in our yard and I watched them constantly, but since then I've only seen or heard them occasionally. Recently though, every time we go out back they're there with their alarm calls. This morning a lone crow sat...

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365 Nature – Day 200

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts. Today I wanted to try something different with photography. I nearly always bring my macro lens which doubles as a...

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