Saturday, July 19, 2014
Yesterday, whilst working in the Pinot grigio vines, I suddenly became aware that I might be close to a bird's nest. How did I come to this conclusion? A pair of California Towhees decided I was persona non grata in a particular part of the Pinot grigio block and they created quite a ruckus to dissuade me from working around their nest further. I did have a quick gander and discovered that their wonderfully constructed nest held four, blue-green speckled eggs. How wonderful. I then immediately left them alone.
Today, whilst working in the Cabernet sauvignon vines, the same thing happened: another pair of towhees made it abundantly clear that they were not very happy with me performing some vineyard operations in their neighbourhood. I couldn't help but to take a peek and to my delight I espied one egg and two pinky-grey, fuzzy chicks. Momma towhee loudly protested my reappearance with a camera, but I just had to get a photo. And as I snapped away, one baby promptly fell over onto his back. So cute. Love all my Vinoland feathered friends.