Big rain coming to SoCal - No maybe!

By: WatchinTheSky, 5:49 PM GMT on January 09, 2017

Per Wikipedia - "A group of vultures is called a wake, committee, venue, kettle, or volt. The term kettle refers to vultures in flight, while committee, volt, and venue refer to vultures resting in trees. Wake is reserved for a group of vultures that are feeding. "

While taking advantage of nice weekend weather, I was greeted by a venue of turkey vultures high up in a sycamore tree in the area I do volunteer gardening each Saturday morning.


Updated: 5:08 PM GMT on January 21, 2017

Wrapping up the Year!

By: WatchinTheSky, 3:58 AM GMT on November 07, 2016

First the Winter Solstice, then Christmas, then New Year's Eve and the year will be gone!

2016 has had some good times - some bad times. Over all, this family is ready for it to be done ;-) generally things are looking up (discounting whatever it is that is going on politically :P). We will need to make the best of what is coming.

Though WU has been a little challenging this year, as always, Wu friends are super and I wish all of you a happy an...

Updated: 9:10 PM GMT on December 22, 2016

Close but no rain! #87

By: WatchinTheSky, 10:41 PM GMT on September 09, 2016

Time for a fresh entry, so a few pics from the trip to Sonoma Valley and other photo ops ;-)

First, we stopped at our hosts' residence to regroup from the short flight. Their backyard is quite enjoyable and set up for spending time there.
Reptilian occupants of the pond -

On the drive toward our destination, the north shore of San Fransisco Bay. A few shore birds in the shallows. Unfortunately, no place to stop and explore there..

Updated: 4:23 PM GMT on October 25, 2016

It's Summer, where's the monsoon?

By: WatchinTheSky, 9:19 PM GMT on August 01, 2016

August 1st already (no, can't believe it sandi!)
Fortunately, we are only seasonal in temps for the first week (per the highly? accurate WU 10 day) with means mid - upper 80s, clear skies, calm winds, humidity around 40%, did I say 'no rain'?

I'll fill in a bit of meat to the blog when I get a chance and good photos come up ;-)

A couple nice shots of Scooter from Sunday! I'm glad he is still coming around - I wonder where all my lizards go...

Summer Heat

By: WatchinTheSky, 7:51 PM GMT on July 10, 2016

I have pretty much been gone for a while now and have missed a lot. I'll try to catch up - but ;-)

A shortish blog to get back into things. Mostly visitors to the backyard.

The tiniest visitor (well, not counting some little bugs!) - a baby western fence lizard, it's that time of year and we've seen 3-4 scurrying around.

Tiny doves! Hard to judge by the photo, these are common ground doves, maybe 1/3 the size of mourning dove....

Updated: 11:04 PM GMT on July 22, 2016

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