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.

 

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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