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Opossum, raccoons, native bees, some wild turkeys — and even some happy rats.
Here are some short videos from the last year — from our habitat friendly yard and from a new favorite, Morro Bay, in central California. Enjoy!
From our yard’s wildlife camera
A Couple Wandering Raccoons
This is from our wildcam in our yard and shows a couple healthy raccoons doing their thing.
The same nite as the raccoons this curious possum came wandering through our yard
Might have to zoom in – some content rats hanging out at night in our yard – they certainly seem social, and we don’t mind them unless their population gets large or they get too close to our house. We have a strong owl population which hopefully keeps them in check.
Morro Bay favorites
Wild Turkeys Going to Roost
A tree across the street from a home rental in Morro Bay hosted a flock of 16 wild turkeys each night. We watched them nearly every night, – most took off from a neighboring home — as in this video.
One Lone Last Turkey Going to Roost
This one is also taken from the home rental in Morro Bay, where a eucalyptus tree across the street hosted a flock of wild turkeys each night. This was the last wild turkey left on the roof — sure seemed like she wished she had taken off earlier with the others. I cut most of it, here she finally makes the move.
Morro Bay Estuary at High Tide
During a very high tide on the Morro Bay estuary, brown pelicans and cormorants take advantage of the tide movement
Dolphins off San Clemente
On a private boat here is some of a large pod of dolphins swimming along our boat. There’s something about dolphins that is so magical.
Lastly, Our Native Bee Box
We received this bee box to aid nesting native bees when our yard was on a horticulture tour a few years ago. It’s been a real delight to watch it being used. Here we observe native bees flying in and out of bee box as it makes its brood cells using nectar and pollen to feed the larvae when it hatches. I talk about it being perhaps the female and male but it must be a quick female, as I’ve since learned that the male does not play a role in the nesting process.
Did you know? About 30% of native bees nest in tunnels such as abandoned borings in a snag or a twig or a bee box such as this.