The Naturalist’s Journal

What's Happening "Fauna-wise" in the Garden

As the Gottlieb Native Garden’s naturalist, Scott Logan documents the ever-changing array of wildlife species as they vary with the garden’s blooms, seasons and migratory patterns. While bringing these observations to life for all to experience, he also coordinates scientific research projects, and monitors the overall health and biodiversity of the garden. The Naturalist’s Journal also highlights the work the Gottliebs and Scott are doing to educate and inspire people to start gardening for wildlife with native plants.

Common Poorwill

It’s breeding season for many species of birds, and the includes the night crew.  This male Common Poorwill has been calling continuously every night for weeks now and we see him flying after dark from time to time. A few nights ago he finally sat […]

Fledgling Song Sparrow

It seems like young birds are showing up earlier and earlier these days. This fledgling Song Sparrow appears to be exploring the garden for the first time and looked as if it was thinking about taking a bath –  maybe next time…

Bats Hunt Above the Garden

Some may wonder how we know what bats are flying above the GNG. We record their echolocation calls.  These recordings are run through software that creates a sonogram, which is then annualized by classification software.  Although the software algorithms are quite accurate, we confirm the […]

Busy Bath this Morning!

A record 30 male Allen’s Hummingbirds bathe together at one time during this morning’s wash! For their morning bath, for the most part, our hummers segregate themselves in both sex and species.  At the moment we have Anna’s, Allen’s, Black-chinned and Rufous Hummingbirds in the yard. […]

Gray Fox Marks its Territory with Scent

At least one Gray Fox has continued to hang around the GNG and apparently this one is a male.  Female Red Foxes will lift their leg while marking with scent, but Gray Fox females squat. This fox can be seen lifting his leg to mark […]

Ceanothus Silk Moth

Occasionally, animals are found in the GNG after they have passed away.  These findings are important clues to the rhythms of life in the garden, as well as presenting the possibility of adding new species not seen here before. This Ceanothus Silk Moth, wingspan at almost […]

First of the 2017 Season Hooded Oriole

March 10th was the date our first Hooded Oriole showed-up in the GNG this season – a beautiful male!

The 2017 Native Bee Season has Begun

For the most part, our native bees have been inactive for the winter but are now being seen in the GNG. Two weeks of warmth and a few 80° days have triggered them to life.  On one day alone we found five bee species not observed […]

California Quail!

After a long absence, two adult male California Quail came strolling through the garden this past week.  Coveys may have broken-up early this year and these two boys most likely had females close by.  We can only hope quail chicks bless the GNG this spring!!

FOS Rufous Hummingbird

We had our first of the season (2017) Rufous Hummingbird today.  This bird would have come up from Mexico and is travelling to his breeding grounds – maybe as far as Alaska!