Since these particular eucalyptus trees have such an open canopy you'd think it would be easy to spot them but I can't emphasize enough how well they hide in plain sight.
Not hidden enough for a hot and angry pair of orioles I had noticed mostly by their familiar chitterings also nesting in a nearby tree. I watched the pair dive bomb the flying tiger and give her the royal bitch out, they hit her and sounded like that soda can filled with pennies we shake to sometimes train dogs with. sheeshhhhh!
*why can't we all just get along......I thought about North Korea
I went back up this morning because I know one day soon I will no longer see them. Same thing, the where's waldo syndrome but I did finally spot one, naturally they are always looking at the lady with the camera stomping around in the weeds...
"who" wears a silver feather on her wrist and pretty turquoise earrings this day :)
I saw and mostly heard a nearby hawk tearing at something rubbery for breakfast, I hiked up the hill to take a closer look. I took a startle at a huge coiled snake which I was very surprised to see on this cool and cloudy morning. I saw a red and "missing" center section and realized what hawk was enjoying for breakfast. The snake was not coiled but rather laying in the grass like a plate of spaghetti....I moved off.
See the pretty picture of the hummingbird sipping on the mimulas instead :)
I saw the tree move in an unusual way and this morning and realized I was being watched by the male preening.....
*Great Horned Owls are the most common owls in North America
*They mate for life
*Males are approximately one pound lighter than the females
* They are not nest builders, they use the sturdy nests from other birds of prey, or nest on cliffs or in tree hollows.
* They claim, stay and hunt in the same particular area ( I'll be interested to keep an eye on that)
*Chicks are capable of very good flight at 8 weeks
* They can kill and eat small mammals such as raccoons and skunks which is why tiny dogs and cats should be kept in at night and watched when let out at dark.
Have a super duper weekend all, thanks for being interested and for being my friend.