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.

Nesting Nuttall’s Woodpeckers

A pair of Nuttall’s Woodpeckers chose one of the garden’s old elderberry trees to excavate this season’s nesting cavity and we couldn’t be happier!  This cavity will not kill the tree and will become an important part of the garden’s ecosystem. They will not use this […]

Magic spot for Migratory Birds

From March through mid-May, the lower water feature is always busy with migratory bird life. This year has been no exception and at the moment it’s full of Western Tanagers taking a break from their northern travels. Prior to the tanagers, waves of warblers, orioles, […]

Big Push of Black-headed Grosbeaks

We are deep into migration now and over the last week a continuous wave of Black-headed Grosbeak’s have been coming through the garden. As usual, the lower bath is the most popular hangout for migrating birds. At times, 3 to 4 grosbeaks can be seen […]

Poppies, bees and Buddha

The garden’s Buddha seemingly contemplates wildflowers and bees on a beautiful spring morning.

Hummingbird Sage

To me, I’ve found this to be a really good year for Hummingbird sage. Apparently the plant is not that bothered by the lack of rain (although there were some light showers this morning) as it continues to produce abundant flower stocks and nectar for […]

Hummingbirds Enjoying Golden Currant

Golden currant (Ribes aureum) is in full bloom right now, and hummingbirds are taking advantage of its nectar. This is an excellent plant for wildlife because not only are hummingbirds attracted to its flowers, but soon other birds will be devouring the delicious fruit that […]

March morning at the bath

Lesser Goldfinches and White-crowned Sparrows come in for an early morning drink. You can tell that spring is on its way by looking at the plumage of juvenile White-crowned Sparrows. White-crowned Sparrows are migratory and will be leaving for parts North in about a month. […]

Frenzied Nightcap

Anna’s and Allen’s Hummingbirds congregate on a winter’s evening, drinking their last calories just as night falls over downtown Los Angeles.  Beginning in mid-January, the population of Allen’s Hummingbirds begins to grow considerably until they far out-number Anna’s Hummingbirds, ebbing once again in the fall.

Great Horned Owl at Daybreak

The Garden’s Great Horned Owls are very active, now spending most of the night hunting in the garden. They must be feeding chicks as they are starting their hunt early in the evening and can still be seen at daybreak.  We have searched a few times […]

Sleepy Doe

This doe has been having a morning nap in this spot for the past couple of weeks – always making her bed before lying down. We all want a comfy place to sleep, right? Apparently so does a Mule deer.