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