ocotillo populations here. I have suspected that ocotillo is on the losing side of human vs nature. But here, I found miles and miles of these beautiful plants. And it's because of these plants that I went on the hunt for the Plain Capped Starthroat Hummingbird. It prefers the blooms of an agave over human hummingbird feeders. Plus the Ocotillo blooms provide plenty for the hummers in this area. I suffered many insect bites here. But a healthy insect population is also another indicator of a healthy ecosystem. And the bugs were just as cool as the birds flying around the area.
Check out this hummingbird feeder. Again this is a simple feeder but I love the additional tubes to attract the hummers. Penstemon and other tubular flowers are added to attract hummers that don't naturally use feeders like the Starthroat or Costa's hummingbird.
Check out this much overlooked canyon near Madera. You won't regret the hike:)
|The space observatory with my car "Bea" Arthur.|
I'm still out on the trek courtesy of blogger scheduling:) More tomorrow.....