If my oasis wasn't here, the species that damage it, would go to other places that are larger and more able to absorb their onslaught. I finally wrapped the locust tree since the sapsuckers won't leave it alone.
This next photo shows the ground littered with acorn shells.
And bear scat....
I tried to save what limbs on the oak trees that I could. Time will tell if they survive.
A couple of juvenile male Lucifer Hummingbirds showed up early this morning, which surprised me since I hadn't had any Lucifers here for ten days and figured they were all gone. These two arrived harassing one another, and stayed at it all day. The reason I say they're both males is because the one is doing a male display and the other has really dusky gorget "sideburns," though neither of them have gorget feathers. (Kelly can correct me if I'm wrong.)
I sure hope the bears leave my big acorn-laden Live Oak tree alone. I have no idea how it would withstand their reckless foraging. Its acorns are greener than the Chinkapin's were. But bears probably have a memory like an elephant, or a hummingbird. Additionally, they probably know exactly when the acorns will be ripe enough to gorge upon.
And no sign of the Costa's Hummingbird today....