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Every morning this week (very early), I’ve noticed a pair of very tiny birds visiting the
Cordia in the back yard. I suspected they were Verdins and was happy to find they were!
My initial intent was to plant only native plants and shrubs in the yard but seeing how
much the Verdins and other birds love the Cordia, I’m thinking of planting another one!

Here’s a shot captured this morning with my Canon SX10. (too bad it’s in shade)


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Great Horned Owl

During the first MSC public hike of the season this morning, a hiker in our group spotted a Great Horned Owl. An expert in our group surmised that the owl had been startled out of his tree by a mountain biker earlier which caused him to leave the tree he uses for daytime sleep. He was now just waiting for all us annoying hikers to leave so he could return. Check out the photo below which shows how sharp-eyed the hiker was!


This photo shows why Painopepla are mistakenly called “black cardinals”. FYI:They love mistletoe berries and are responsible for spreading it to other trees. My goal is to catch one in the act but no luck so far. This is a grab shot of one resting in the Ocotillo outside our front door. (Captured with my Canon point and shoot at 200mm).