"No luck with the rattlesnakes and hummingbirds I had mentioned I would chase" Everyone but me saw many rattlesnakes out at Los Vaqueros reservoir this year, I missed out thus far. Perhaps next month on the hummingbirds...
Photos include swallowtail and pipevine butterflies along with a powder blue dragon fly (species unknown to me) from my backyard pond. Always appreciate the many dragonflies cruising the yard, and this year they are plentiful.
A look at a Byron area swainson hawk nest I have documented for several years. This year two youngsters are new to this world. It was a rough start with an incredible heat wave a week or so ago in a nest that has little shade. Mom used those large wings to cover the babes through the long days. Now well fed and doing well, they will learn to fly and hunt, “oh” by the way kids; “we are flying to South America in a few months.”
Hope everyone is well and has a great fourth, be safe!
|Starling black bird|
|Western Burrowing owl near Byron|
|American Kestrel in Knightsen|
|Swallowtail butterfly near Briones Park|
|Swainson hawk nest near Byron|
|Western coyote Marsh Creek Rd. near Brentwood|
|dragon fly from my back yard pond|
|Male osprey S/S Los Vaqueros reservoir|
|Swainson hawk over Knightsen|