The female indigo bunting is lovely and lacking the blues.

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This female American goldfinch eats seeds almost exclusively.

This female American goldfinch eats seeds almost exclusively.

I encountered this western fence lizard on a fence in Napa, California.

I encountered this western fence lizard on a fence in Napa, California.

This tiny California poppy, like a kind word, casts a long shadow.

This tiny California poppy, like a kind word, casts a long shadow.

The goldfinch’s flight call is “po-ta-to-chip.”

The goldfinch’s flight call is “po-ta-to-chip.”

An elegant shorebird is the American avocet. It enjoys dining on brine shrimp.

An elegant shorebird is the American avocet. It enjoys dining on brine shrimp.

I love talking about nature with good-natured folks.  Photo by Dana Melius

I love talking about nature with good-natured folks.

Photo by Dana Melius

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The honey bees have assumed control of the hummingbird feeder.

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It may look like your brother-in-law, but it’s a Maroni chestnut tree.

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I moseyed among the Merlot at the Meritage in Napa, California.