(photo from All About Birds.com) A ruby-crowned kinglet has been trying to get into my office for the last two days. I have a spoiled menagerie in the office that drive me half crazy with all their happy noises, so maybe he’s trying to woo the canary? The cockatiel is too big to catch his/her … Continue reading A Ruby-Crowned Kinglet is Insisting on Getting in the House!
Coturnix quail, also known as Japanese quail, are one of the most widely raised species of quail. Originally domesticated and bred in Japan as early as the 12th century, Coturnix quail are most often raised for meat but they are prolific egg layers, with each hen laying as many as 300 eggs per year. This … Continue reading Hatching Quail Eggs
The wonderfully versatile impatiens (“common” impatiens, or Impatiens walleriana, I. balsamina, and mini-impatiens) may soon be missing from southern California gardens. A fungus that first surfaced back east a few years ago has made its way to California. Another plus to living in our warm, dry climate is that the fungus attacking impatiens prefers cool, … Continue reading Fungus Wiping Out Beloved Impatiens