Growing by the Bay

Month: January 2018

View from study.

View from study.

The small north garden has become a favorite bird habitat. The spiky foreground plants are asparagus ferns. The orange flowers are Iochroma coccinea, beloved of hummingbirds, and perching birds also favor the plant. The ground cover is probably oxalis, which I should remove before it takes over. The yellow grass is Stipa arundinacea, which is reliably attractive in our area. Against the fence on the right is Victorian Box (Pittosporum undalatum), which the birds planted.

Brugmansia, detail.
Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi' (Angel's Trumpet).

Brugmansia ‘Charles Grimaldi’ (Angel’s Trumpet).

White-Crowned Sparrows.

White-Crowned Sparrows

White-Crowned Sparrows.

White-Crowned Sparrows.

Senecio talinoides, detail.
Senecio talinoides.

Senecio talinoides.

brugmansia

The brugmansia is flowering heavily this year.

White-Crowned Sparrow.
White-Crowned Sparrow.

White-Crowned Sparrow.

This little guy — a White-Crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys gambelii), if I’m not mistaken — appears to think he’s tough. All the birds love the iochroma.

Actually, his alert expression is a characteristic of these birds, at least during their migratory season. Researchers — here’s one link — hope to figure how they have been able to stay alert with reduced sleep, hoping the findings might have human applications.

White-Crowned Sparrow.

White-Crowned Sparrow.

 

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