Native acorn woodpeckers are defending valley oak from colorful Nanday conures that have moved into their neighborhood at the Paramount Ranch in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Southern California color spotter Kathy Jonokuchi captured the “noisy affair” during a break from staying close to home due to work, quarantining and this past summer’s smoky air.

Kathy reports the Santa Monica Mountains are at peak with valley oak, western sycamore and Fremont cottonwood providing color.

Mark Harding similarly found oak, cottonwood, elderberry, poison oak and sycamore peaking at Malibu Creek State Park.

While at King Gillette Ranch, snow birds are providing the color while enjoying the Southern California sun.

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