It’s the start of Daylight Savings Time today. Eeew. I hate it. It’s dark when I want to wake up in the morning, and light outside when I want to go to bed. Still, I got myself up and about around 7:00 AM, and headed over to the WPA Rock Garden for a walk. I was hoping to catch sight of the Summer Tanager that has been reported as seen there on eBird.
When I got to the parking lot near the garden, I could see a woman checking out the area behind the barn at Fairytale Town, a children’s park adjacent to the garden. That’s where the reports on the Tanager indicated it was most often seen “eating bees”. There’s a fence and a hedgerow between the parking area and the park, so seeing anything clearly through that is extremely difficult. The woman was one of a small group of birders who were also looking for the Tanager. None of us had any luck seeing the bird.
In the garden itself, I saw a lot of the usual suspects. Some of them stopped on a stake that supported a large upright sprinkler. Water was oozing down from the sprinkler head and the birds stopped to sip at it, so I was able to get some fairly good photos of them. There were also some Bushtits that paused on branches between their flitting from one bush to the next. It’s always nice when the “difficult” birds decide to cooperate.
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I would have stayed there longer, but there was an event going on (the Shamrockin’ Half Marathon apparently). Streets were blocked off by police cars, and tons of people, some with boomboxes playing loudly, were gathering all around. I left after about 90 minutes. I go to the garden for quiet and relaxation, so all of the people and the noise were more than annoying.
This was hike #12 in my #52HikeChallenge for this year.
- Anna’s Hummingbird, Calypte anna
- Audubon’s Warbler, Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Setophaga coronata auduboni
- Black Phoebe, Sayornis nigricans
- Bushtit, American Bushtit, Psaltriparus minimus
- California Pipevine, Dutchman’s Pipe, Aristolochia californica
- Calla Lily, Zantedeschia aethiopica
- Cape Honey Flower, Melianthus major
- Chinese Quince, Chaenomeles lagenaria
- Coyote Brush, Baccharis pilularis
- Crow, American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos
- Dame’s Rocket, Hesperis matronalis [purple flowers in bouquets]
- Fern, Western Sword Fern, Polystichum munitum
- Freesia, Dune Kammetjie, Freesia leichtlinii [white]
- Fuchsiaflower Gooseberry, Ribes speciosum
- Gladioli, Gladiolus sp.
- Golden-Crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia atricapilla
- Hellebore, Stinking Hellebore, Helleborus foetidus
- Hermit Thrush, Catharus guttatus
- Holly, European Holly, Hedgehog Holly, Ilex aquifolium
- Honeysuckles, Lonicera sp.
- Honeywort, Blue Shrimp Plant, Cerinthe major purpurascens [purple]
- House Sparrow, Passer domesticus
- Iris, Bearded Iris, Iris × germanica
- Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Dragon Arum, Dracunculus vulgaris [large, purple]
- Lesser Goldfinch, Spinus psaltria
- Mallard Duck, Anas platyrhynchos
- Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura
- Mullein, Moth Mullein, Verbascum blattaria [thin stick, white or yellow]
- Northern Flicker, Colaptes auratus [heard]
- Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Picoides nuttallii [heard]
- Paris Daisy, Euryops chrysanthemoides
- Portuguese Squill, Scilla peruviana
- Red-Flowering Currant, Ribes sanguineum
- Rosemary, Salvia rosmarinus
- Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Regulus calendula
- Sage, Black Sage, Salvia mellifera [white flowers, kind of looks like horehound]
- Sage, Purple Sage, Salvia leucophylla [kind of looks like Cleveland, but paler and finer]
- Spanish Bluebell, Hyacinthoides hispanica
- Spring Starflower, Ipheion uniflorum
- Western Bluebird, Sialia Mexicana
- Western Redbud, Cercis occidentalis
- White Brodiaea, Triteleia hyacinthina
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