Thursday, April 30, 2015

Quail chicks on the move

Today, April 30, I saw new quail chicks for the first time this season.  Quail are hatched ready to peck and run around following their parents.  So, these 15 may have just hatched today.  There are usually 12-16 eggs in a nest.  It’s not a great picture because they run as soon as they know I am there with my camera, but it is always exciting to see the new young quail.  
What do 15 quail chicks do when another bird passes overhead?  
Run and try to hide under their male guardian. mk

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The curious Western grey squirrel

Yesterday, as I stood under a tree watching the birdbox with the oak titmouse family (see previous post), I seemed to be bothering this western grey squirrel.  It made some pretty funny sounds, almost like a little dog growling at me.  I think it wanted me to go away.  It was the perfect opportunity for a great photo. MK

Oak titmouse family has fledged!

On Monday, April 20, 2015, we had a pair of oak titmouse in a birdbox at our house in Atascadero.  I watched them for a couple of hours as they flew in with food for their new young family and out with droppings keeping things clean and tidy inside the box.  On Tuesday, April 22, they were gone.  The young birds have fledged. M. Klatt

Friday, April 10, 2015

Ladybird beetles everywhere!

I took a walk through the Santa Margarita School Demonstration Forest ~ future Monarch Way Station yesterday (April 9,2015) and saw everything coming to life after this week's welcome rain. Every plant seemed to have at least one ladybird beetle. Can you find these in the photos below?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Welcome spring!

Hooded Orioles have arrived for the spring nesting season.  I took this photo out of our kitchen window this afternoon. The photo is a bit fuzzy because of the glass.  I remember one of our students asking about the bright yellow bird that they saw.  I think this is what they were talking about. M. Klatt/April 7,2015