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Your backyard: Grass, trees, and beautiful moving things

cat and squirrel by John Campolo, Pleasanton, CA
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Hello Gary:
Two years ago I became permanently disabled due to Multiple Sclerosis caused fatigue. Since then I have become the home cook and I get to spend time in my backyard making friends and photographing them. Most people look at a backyard and see grass and trees, I see all the moving things in them.
John Campolo, Pleasanton

Hi John:
And such wonderful, moving things they are! Turn the page, dear readers, and enjoy a yardfull of John’s beautiful moving things … /Gary
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Posted on Thursday, December 10th, 2009
Under: Birds, Cats, hummingbirds, Insects, Robins, Squirrels | 4 Comments »

Hummingbird high: Nutsy the “hummer,” bright-eyed and bushy tailed

Photo by Roger & Diane Craig, Danville, CA
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This is our friend Nutsy who thinks he’s a hummingbird.
Roger & Diane Craig, Danville, CA
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Posted on Friday, November 13th, 2009
Under: hummingbirds, Squirrels | No Comments »

Squirrels love a “tasty” backyard sunflower forest!

Squirrels climb 12-foot backyard sunflowers to eat the seeds. (Lois Bogue/Benicia, CA)

Well, the sunflowers in our garden have ripened, the blossoms are all stuffed to the brim with fat, tasty sunflower seeds … and you know what that means, don’t you?

The fox squirrels are busy climbing our towering, 12-foot tall sunflowers to feast on those seeds!
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Posted on Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
Under: Squirrels, Sunflowers | 2 Comments »

Got squirrels digging in your flower pots?

Squirrel digging in pot. Photo by Mike Gordon, Walnut Creek, CA.
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Have you got squirrels digging in your flower pots?

Spritz some apple cider vinegar from a spray bottle around the top side of your pot and maybe a little on the dirt around the plant. (I have no idea what the vinegar might do to the plant so don’t get the spray on it.)

I’ve had reports from several people who have done this and they say the squirrels have not come back. Seems like a simple and humane solution for dealing with that. If you try it, let me know how it works out. /Gary

Posted on Friday, June 12th, 2009
Under: Squirrels | 2 Comments »

Brake for wildlife! It’s fall & deer, opossums & squirrels are on the move!


During fall and winter months, deer, opossums, squirrels and other wildlife are moving around in search of food and a place to hole up during the cold fall and winter months.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
Under: deer, Opossums, Squirrels, Wildlife | 3 Comments »

Are you at risk for West Nile virus infection?

Sentinel chickens, more birds test positive for West Nile virus in Contra Costa County, CA.

Contra Costa County Mosquito & Vector Control District says the California cities of Antioch and Brentwood remain areas of high risk for West Nile Virus infection.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
Under: Birds, Chickens, Mosquitoes, Squirrels, West Nile virus | No Comments »

West Nile virus: Report dead birds, squirrels to this number

A dead hermit thrush has tested positive for West Nile virus, the first case documented in Contra Costa County this year.

The first mosquitoes to test positive for the West Nile virus this year were also recently trapped in the Delta.

YOU can help fight this nasty virus by reporting all dead birds and dead squirrels to the same Dead Bird Hotline, 877-968-2473.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 10th, 2008
Under: Birds, Squirrels, West Nile virus | 1 Comment »