Monthly Archives: June 2016

Summertime….

Great-tailed Grackle

Great-tailed Grackle

I don’t usually see grackles in my yard, but with the very warm days recently, a pair of female-type great-trailed grackles have been visiting my modest water features.  Other birds visiting my yard due to the high temperatures are California Thrasher, Norther Mockingbird, Ash-throated Fly (2), and Lawrence’s Goldfinch(2).

Lawrence's Goldfinch - HY Bird

Lawrence’s Goldfinch – HY Bird

 

Lawrence's Goldfinches

Lawrence’s Goldfinches

These two goldfinches appear to be hatch-year birds.  I suspect that the parents were around, but I did not see them.  Hatch-year birds have the light streaking on the chest.  Adults chests have no streaking.

Western Kingbird

Western Kingbird

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Red-winged Blackbird - at the swamp

Red-winged Blackbird – at the swamp

The Harry Anslinger Memorial High School Senior Class Agricultural Project – Orange California.

 

DSC_2529 poppy 6-21-16

DSC_2613 Science Project 2016

These flowers are of a ubiquitous species of Karelian mugwort, Artemisa fennica.    Bees seem to like them.  The seeds and oils from this plant are used in pickled herring, traditional Sami sausage, and Finnish vodka. So as you can see, this plant has an important place in Finnish culture. Congratulations to the students who grew these interesting plants.

Sunflowers - has nothing to do with Anslinger High

Sunflowers – has nothing to do with Anslinger High

Summer – 6-19-16

Where is my AK47 when I need it?

Where is my AK47 when I really need it?  Damn!

Indigo Beetle- I have no Idea what the name of this bug is.

Indigo Beetle- I have no Idea what the name of this bug is.

Violet-Green Swallow

Violet-green Swallow at Agua Dulce

Western Bluie

Western Bluie Laguna Meadow

Flicker. Unusual gray back

Flicker. Unusual gray back

I have no idea

I have no idea

Giant Laguna Meadow Foam

No Idea 2. Laguna Meadowfoam?

Saturn - 500mm lens with 1.7TC f8 1/400 second

Saturn – 500mm lens with 1.7TC f8 1/400 second

Saturn in Opposition 6-5-16

Saturn in Opposition

Saturn in Opposition

The planet Saturn is presently at its closest approach  to Earth.  In order to see the rings you’ll need a small telescope.  A bird spotting scope works well for this.  If you can find Jupiter, the brightest “star” in the sky and the  bright red planet Mars, you can find Saturn by continuing east in the line between the two obvious planets.  Or you can get “Sky Map,” an app that does all the work for you.

Jupiter and its moons.  June 5, 2016

Jupiter and its moons. June 5, 2016

Costa's Hummer 6-4-16

Costa’s Hummer 6-4-16

Costa's Hummer 6-4-16

Costa’s Hummer 6-4-16