Although we are still experiencing high temperatures where I live, the northern hemisphere has assumed an autumn angle, and the new season is underway.
Here are a few glimpses of our northern California summer wildlife.
The black-headed grosbeaks arrived from Mexico for the summer, as usual. We had several dozen pair and they produced many young.
Numerous other bird species nested here as well.
We were especially aware of the pacific-slope flycatchers because one pair nested right outside our back door.
They had two broods in a row.
The California quail were a special treat. They are stealthy when their chicks are born, because as ground birds they are extremely vulnerable.
They do, however, take undercover paths to our feeder and water sources, and on two great days we saw a dozen chicks in their puffball stage. No photos of that, but a memory so great I smile as I type.
Reptiles and amphibians were suitably abundant, and mammals too.
We were thrilled when coyote showed up repeatedly, because for the last five years they haven’t been here.
On my morning walks there are a few wild plum bushes that belong to no one, miles away from any structure.
Once they had ripened, I noticed deer tracks and found that the deer were eating the low fruit, but the high fruit remain untouched. Thereafter I would eat my one, and then pick five high ones, and set them on the ground.
The next day they would all be eaten and I would find the pits.
From the tracks and scat, I discovered that mostly native fox were enjoying the plums. This was a thrill.
All the summer residents have gone, but I still see numerous bats every dawn.
The winter bird migrants have not arrived yet, but we have lots of madrone and toyon trees loaded with berries awaiting their arrival.
The earth keeps spinning, the seasons keep shifting, and every day is a new gift.
Photo credit: Athena Alexander