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  •  Castro Valley is back to normal summer (18+ / 0-)

    weather, cool, overcast and even foggy mornings with hot days, afternoons and evenings. Some dew forms on outdoor metal, but none, alas, on plants.

    Our Nuttal' Woodpecker has been noisily active all week, but I have no idea why.

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    by enhydra lutris on Sat Aug 09, 2014 at 07:57:03 AM PDT

    •  Sunny and dry up here too lately. (12+ / 0-)

      Foggy mornings, yesterday the waterways were socked in long enough to make all the run ferries late. It burns off though by midday, and hot - maybe not as hot as you're getting but hot for us. Last night I stood outside for a while cooling off, too hot to sleep. It was nice out  - bright moonlight, and in the quiet I could hear the high tide waves breaking on the shore a quarter mile away. Even in this touristy season it gets very quiet at night.

      No idea either why your woodpecker is making a ruckus at this time of year. Our families are all fledged and pretty independent by now.

      Cool sighting here of an unusual summer bird: a male Western Tanager alighted near the feeder and flew off, twice! The females look so much like female/juv American goldfinches I'd have to get a very close look at the beak to ID her, if she's around.

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