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This blog is predominately about camera trapping in California. We camera trap to save our souls and to teach primary school students about biology and conservation. We will also touch on other camera trapping news and musings, sets from afar, mediocre herpetology, sucky birding, and other natural history discussions.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Revisiting Las Gallinas

The past two weeks at work have been a joy and for several reasons.

Reasons relevant to Camera Trapping Campus readers would be the explosion of life alongside Las Gallinas Creek.

First came the discovery of a hummingbird nest on the lower branches of the Great Horned Owls nesting tree.

Hummingbird nest
just above eye level next to the trail

Hummingbird feeding time

Two chicks were barely staying inside the nest when I first observed them. The next day, when I came with my camera, they had fledged and I was lucky enough to still see one of them begging for food on a nearby branch.

The previous stars of the show are growing up fast, too.

c'mon look at these two


Conversations with visiting birders revealed that another nest is in the next tree over - inhabited by a woodpecker family.

Woodpecker nest
waiting for an appearance

Though I have seen them fly in and out, I have yet to get a good shot of either parent or young.

Oh, and there is a Western Bluebird nest in the Owl's tree, too!

It is incredible that so much life can happen alongside a parking lot.
To quote one of our classroom maxims: "Be aware of the world around you."
Slowing down one's pace and gaze for the owls revealed a rich world all within 15 feet.

****5/2 Update****
Over the weekend, crows knocked one of the owlets out of the nest and into the creek. Kind folk took the owlet to Wildcare and it is going to be ok. Mom and the remaining owlet are still in the area, so the injured owlet will be returned to its family soon.


  1. Hi Jake! nice to 'meet' you! thanks for following my blog and signing up for the bird drawing giveaway. i've been doing one each month so stick with me if you don't win. :)

    sorry to hear about the owlet, but i hope it can be returned to its family without further ado. poor little vulnerable things.

    i see you follow Joe at Massanutten (one of my favorite bloggers ever and my first real fellow-blogger follower!) i adore him. i also follow nature of a man - he always offers such great sights too.

    looking forward to seeing more of your findings here!

  2. Yeah I found your blog via the comment thread in The Nature of a Man blog. Lucky to Randomtruth in real life too and I always enjoy his posts. Joe's is always good for some creative sets too.