Great blue herons can adapt to almost any wetland habitat as long as it holds fish. Their primary diet is fish although they have been known to eat a wide range of shrimp, crabs, insects, amphibians and even small mammals. Herons are known as very clever anglers. Some have been observed to drop insects… Continue reading Great Blue Fisherman
The Great Blue Heron is a tall wading bird common near water throughout North America. It is the largest heron in North America and can take advantage of deeper waters than other heron species. Despite their large size, they have an astonishing ability to take flight in an instant due to a trait they share… Continue reading Great Blue Heron
Hummingbirds have a metabolic range beyond that of most animals. On the high end, in order to hover and fly forward quickly they flap their wings between 12 to 80 beats per second. Some species have been clocked at 49 mph. Heart rates can reach as high as 1260 beats per minute. On the lower… Continue reading Resting Anna’s Hummingbird
This post is a repeat of a subject that I will be featuring in my library exhibit. The artwork is new. Did you know that our Anna’s hummingbird, native to the west coat of North America, was named for Anna Massena, Duchess of Rivoli?* Anna was the first lady in waiting to Empress Eugenie of… Continue reading Anna’s Hummingbird
A Hot Air Balloon carries visitors over a beautiful Napa Valley vineyard. They are typically made of nylon or dacron and the baskets are made of rattan which is woven by hand
Hot Air Balloons in the Napa Valley typically carry 6 to 20 passengers from tree level to 2000 feet high.
We have a wonderful old oak behind our home, but the lower limbs are dying. The acorn woodpeckers have taken full advantage, turning these dead branches into their acorn granary. They are entertaining to watch and their raucous calls and threats to would be thieves are unmistakable Wikipedia informs me that this call was… Continue reading Acorn Woodpecker Pair
A baby acorn woodpecker waits for a family member to bring him food. Acorn woodpeckers have complicated social lives with up to 4 males and 3 females tending the same nest hole. The young stay with their parents for many years helping to rear additional young.
The clown-like acorn woodpecker lives in large groups throughout western oak woodlands. The group spends most of its time collecting and protecting acorns that they store in a single dead branch or tree called a granary tree. They will also bore acorns into human-made structures, often stuffing them into our wood siding and windowsills. The… Continue reading Acorn Woodpecker
Another majestic balloon sails over the Napa Valley.