By Julie on July 25, 2020 Wildlife Update We’re on the eastern edge of the canyon wren’s range, so it was exciting to find this new bird for the first time a few months ago. Darlyne has been hearing it sing outside her window for a while, wondering who that song belonged to. This morning it landed right in front of me and belted out its song–so much noise coming from such a little bird! I’m really happy that it has clearly made its home at Tedderhaven. Lesser goldfinch. I just can’t get over how intense their colors are. We knew we had at least two golden-fronted woodpecker babies. But as they have matured, measured by the depth of color and the definition of their head markings, new young have appeared (easy to distinguish because their head markings are faint), so it’s clear that the parents have raised more than one clutch of young. It’s such a dramatic bird, and not in the least skittish, so we see it all the time at the deck feeder, even when we are sitting right there. Every time I see this bird I get excited because it’s so pretty and it’s something new, so I quickly take a photo (this one is blurry) and later look it up. And every single time it turns out to be a . . . house sparrow, described as ubiquitous. I can guarantee that this cycle will continue. Rock squirrels are just weird looking, if you ask me. The yacht club has sailing lessons; there is a teacher with a bullhorn and the kids in their little boats. They looked like they were doing very well.