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Channel Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis), Santa Cruz Island via My Instagram

May 3rd, 2018 Comments off

Reading – This is Taco! by Andrew Cangelose (Author),‎ Josh Shipley (Artist) – 17 in a series

May 1st, 2018 Comments off

I’ll be highlighting books that I am reading (or re-reading) on all sorts of topics this year — Douglas

Reading – This is Taco! by Andrew Cangelose (Author),‎ Josh Shipley (Artist) – 17 in a series

How about a little respite from adult books this week with this excellent, delightful and beautifully drawn children’s book, This is Taco! This is a great companion book if you have squirrels in your garden. It lets kids learn about squirrels while also enjoying a funny tale…and who doesn’t love tacos?

Having read MANY children’s books over the years, This is Taco! would have been a wonderful one to have back in the days when Joseph was a child. It is fun, humorous and has a silly, yet lovable, character. The artwork is engaging and really brings out the personality of the main character. The best praise I can offer is that I don’t think I would have minded reading this one over and over to my child and I think you’ll find that true for you, too. Pick up a copy for your kids, your nieces, your nephews, your friend’s kids and more!

Taco 1

Taco 2

Taco 3

From Amazon.com…

This is a squirrel . . . “Hey, I may be a squirrel, but my name is Taco! And I don’t eat nuts and tree bark—blech—I prefer tacos!” The natural predator of squirrels is . . . “Whoa, whoa, whoa! Who is writing this book? I do not like where this is going.” This hilarious send-up of a children’s nature primer teaches kids that the most important story is the one you write yourself.

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† Available from the LA Public Library

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Channel Island Fox licking nectar from eucalyptus flowers via My Instagram

April 27th, 2018 Comments off

Find the Island Fox via My Instagram

April 18th, 2018 Comments off

Channel Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis), Santa Cruz Island via My Instagram

April 12th, 2018 Comments off

Hummingbirds at the feeder in 4k – 5 in a series [Video] (1:13)

April 5th, 2018 Comments off

Hummingbirds at the feeder in 4k – 5 in a series

We have had regular visitors at our window-mounted feeder so I took the time to capture a few.

This video is available in 4k. I recently upgraded my camera and am trying it out on a variety of subjects.

Hummingbirds at the feeder in 4k - 5 in a series [Video] (1:13)

Hummingbirds are birds from the Americas that constitute the family Trochilidae. They are among the smallest of birds, most species measuring 7.5–13 cm (3–5 in) in length. Indeed, the smallest extant bird species is a hummingbird, the 5 cm (2.0 in) bee hummingbird weighing less than 2.0 g (0.07 oz).

They are known as hummingbirds because of the humming sound created by their beating wings which flap at high frequencies audible to humans. They hover in mid-air at rapid wing-flapping rates, which vary from around 12 beats per second in the largest species, to in excess of 80 in some of the smallest. Of those species that have been measured in wind tunnels, their top speed exceeds 15 m/s (54 km/h; 34 mph) and some species can dive at speeds in excess of 22 m/s (79 km/h; 49 mph).[1][2]

Hummingbirds have the highest metabolism of any homeothermic animal.[3] To conserve energy when food is scarce, and nightly when not foraging, they can go into torpor, a state similar to hibernation, slowing metabolic rate to 1/15th of its normal rate.[4] — Wikipedia

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* A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs
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Channel Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis), Santa Cruz Island via My Instagram

March 28th, 2018 Comments off

Channel Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis), Santa Cruz Island via My Instagram

March 27th, 2018 Comments off

Lone Sentinel from My Instagram

March 26th, 2018 Comments off

Lone Sentinel from My Instagram

Lone Sentinel

Crow stands watch over a friend’s garden

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Learn more about Birds

* A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs
** Many of these books may be available from your local library. Check it out! 

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) Up Close – 2 in a series from My Word [Video] (1:05)

March 24th, 2018 Comments off

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) Up Close – 2 in a series from My Word

We have had regular visitors at our window-mounted feeder so I took the time to capture a few.

This video is available in 4k. I recently upgraded my camera and am trying it out on a variety of subjects.

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) Up Close - 2 in a series from My Word [Video] (1:05)

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 Learn more about Birds

* A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs
** Many of these books may be available from your local library. Check it out! 

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