The weather is easing a bit–the highs each day are in the low- to mid-nineties, and sunset is noticeably earlier each day. The feeders are getting a lot of business, and fall migration is going full swing. We think of hummingbirds as the pugnacious ones, but yesterday I watched a bunch of goldfinches trying hard to win the prize.
Young goldfinches really enjoying their bath.
First, as promised, our gate flag.
This morning I went on the monthly San Marcos Bird Walk. I always learn a lot; the leader is very good at telling us what we’re hearing and seeing, and there’s a pretty good cross section of people although they mostly skew to retirees. Today we saw a number of painted buntings, which are one of the most spectacularly decorated songbirds.