I follow all kinds of blogs, several are photographers a few post pictures of bugs, OK I said it, they are bugs. I must confess they are interesting bugs, would I stomp on one in the wild? I'm not sure but if I did it wouldn't be one of the "keepers."
The Hawks are fair weather friends, if the wind is up, they are not. Powerful flyers they dominate the sky when on the prowl. The smaller Chicken Hawks may lack size but not spirit.
The loud squawking echoing across the slough is not a damsel in distress it's our resident Western Scrub-Jay. There is nothing we can do but let them go about their business.
Sitting upon the post this Quail spent quite a while without being harassed or disturbed in any way. It was chirping constantly, perhaps calling his/her mate to join it in the sun and slight breeze.
The hottest I have worked in was 126° F (52.22° C) in the California Desert South of Palm Springs and just North of the Salton Sea. Incidentally that was the same day we decided to leave.
The fence Lizards are a welcome resident of the garden, they eat nearly any insects including spiders.
There has been a lot of starts and stops for Gardeners this year, it's understandable with the C-19 virus being our #1 concern.
I watch them after the feeding, how they move, where they go all the while attempting to understand them. One baffling issue for me is "how do they know another Worm of their species, the same length and which end is which? There is a lot more to it, but this is enough for now.
There is a caution however, a Worm Colony is one of those situations we reap what we sow. Meaning what goes in the Worms comes out. Avoid castings that when the Worms have been fed meat, fat, bones, feces of any kind, as they may turn into Pathogens. If they have been fed anything but organic waste use them only on non-edible plants, never on vegetables.
I never did find out what caused the Power Outage, I had to turn around when my bucket got filled up and my battery was running low.