Labor Day

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A return to more considered posts tomorrow. Today, on Labor Day, I have a bug:

insect of some sort

Rufous sided towhee family

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rufous sided towhee fledgling
rufous sided towhee feeding fledgling

Northern “red-shafted” Flicker

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Flicker
Flicker

half moon above the southern ridge

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half moon and clouds
half moon and clouds

bugs and birds

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Something to break up the constant attention to sin we’ve fallen into in these parts.

A bug:

a bug, a flying bug of some kind, more properly called an insect.

A western bluebird. Haven’t seen these around here too often.

western bluebird
western bluebird

white-breasted nuthatch:

white breasted nuthatch

Santa Rosa Island

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Went to Santa Rosa Island and took some pictures.

Santa Rosa Island

A lot of pictures. Some on the beach, some in the hills, some in the forest, some in camp, some by a stream, some of birds, some of deer, some of the ocean, some under the ocean.

Santa Rosa has a quality to it that I felt more than noticed on a previous trip by it on the way to San Miguel. There is a mystical air, something deep and spiritual. So I was curious to land on it and see what this was, if indeed there was anything.

There were moments I tasted of this, but not too strong. However, on the last day I realized my reaction. Santa Rosa has been a cattle farm for more than 150 years. It is, in fact, the last remnant of original Mexican land grants given to wealthy men hundreds of years ago. This land grant passed through hands until it reached a large cattle company which still has rights to the island until 2011.

Have you ever seen an antique desk which someone painted over in a garish blue or green to match the present fashions. Scrape off the layers and there is a beautiful oak underneath. Santa Rosa has been painted over. It has been stamped with cattle operations and all other sorts of human presence so that it isn’t quite reflecting its full character. Wait five years more and it’ll be more clear. Wait another fifty and we’ll be able to see the island for what it should be. The wonderful thing is that unlike many other natural wonders this island is indeed on its way to recovery. It has moments of mysticism still left in it.

And it certainly was a wonderful trip, a very interesting place to visit, and a welcomed balm for my soul. Plus, I can say I have visited all the Channel Islands, and now can revisit them each for their own particular gifts and personality.

robin

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robin
robin

White headed woodpecker

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Apparently this is among the least studied of all woodpeckers. Funny thing that I pretty much see these every day around the house, drinking a bit of water, having a bite of food, hanging out on a nearby tree. You know the usual stuff.

Here’s my observational note to add to the research. White headed woodpeckers like corn.

white-headed woodpecker

They also like to store things in the crevices of incense cedars.

white-headed woodpecker

She spent a good long while going up and down the side of this tree checking out and poking into the various cracks. A job well done, Ms. Woodpecker.

white-headed woodpecker

landing on a new tree

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brewer’s blackbirds
brewer’s blackbirds on a cedar

black-chinned hummingbird

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black-chinned hummingbird
black-chinned hummingbird
black-chinned hummingbird