Peacocks and Roses

Peacock Head On


Bright Pink Rose

Peacock Head

Yellow Rose

Feathers 2

Peacock Side

Lavender Rose

Peacock Tree


Pink Rose

Peacock Lying

They’re fascinating, aren’t they? There are many peacocks, peahens, and roses at historic Sahuaro Ranch in Glendale, AZ. I was there a year and a half ago and decided to stop by again while I was in the neighborhood a couple days ago. This time they were in full plumage but none of them wanted to display~I guess it’s not courtship season~but they’re still beautiful and intriguing.

Peacock Full lomo_edited-1


Photo Hiatus

Hum Front 11.20.15_edited-1

I guess I was on a little hiatus, unintended. My knee hurts, waaaah, it was cold here, waaaah, I just didn’t get out much and, when I did, nothing much was going on. So this is my yard, mostly today, and earlier this week.

Finch 11.12.15House Finch, male

Finch 11.20.15House Finch, female

Thrasher 11.7.15Curve-Billed Thrasher

Mock 11.14.15Northern Mockingbird

Hum Back 11.20.15_edited-1Anna’s Hummingbird, immature male

Hum Back 11.20.15

Hum Front 2 11.20.15_edited-2Anna’s Hummingbird, adult male

Finch 2 11.15

Hum Front 3 11.20.15

And then some of the yard cats…Little Lilki, our newest TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release), that someone apparently dumped here, is growing up.

Lilki 11.20.15

She gets chased, a few times a day, by Stripey, but she’s getting smarter at avoidance and she’s getting bigger every day.

Stripe Pot_edited-1

Even Edie, our only true feral, enjoys tormenting poor little Lilki.

Edie Fluff

Ivory disapproves of their behavior.

Ivory Girl Drama

Svengali doesn’t care much one way or the other and neither does Ebony but they’re boys.

Svengali Wicker 11.15

Eb Sun

BTA or Bust

Imp Bird Area_edited-1

BTA is Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior, AZ, which is a “birding hotspot,” but it was a bust when we went last weekend. But I like to write some bird-light or bird-free posts now and then so this will be very bird-light.

Since the birds were few and far between, this suspension bridge over (dry) Queen Creek was my favorite part of the day.

Bridge 1

Bridge 2

Bridge 3

And, we saw a little fall color.

Path 2


Fall Colors

Prickly Pear

If it had been butterflies we were looking for, it would have been a great day even though they almost never stopped moving.

QueenQueen Butterfly

AdmiralAdmiral Butterfly

The birds were laying low, apparently, in the bazillions of trees there but these guys were willing to pose:

Cactus WrenCactus Wren

FinchHouse Finch, male

Snake TrailSnake Trail

Turtle Island


I did get 2 lifers which is better than nothing but the photos are pretty pathetic:

Canyon TowheeCanyon Towhee

Dark-Eyed JuncoDark-eyed Junco (Oregon variant)

Root 1

Root 2

Sag Bloom



*A few of these photos were taken by Tony :)

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Slow Birding Week

Gaillardia 11.6.15

It was a slow week for birding. I went to a place that I used to stop in at on my way home from work, that was lush and dark, where I used to get some good shots but most of the trees had been cut down so there were no birds! Very sad and disappointing. So that left only my old standby, Granada Park, and our yard as my birding destinations for the past week.

Hum 11.2.15

Gazania 2 11.7.15

Hum 11.7.15

I’ve strategically placed a few more pots of flowers around in an attempt to have some nice backdrops (and nectar) for the many hummers who frequent our yard but, so far, they still prefer the tree branches and feeders.

Hum 10.30.15

Wouldn’t these guys look prettier if they were sipping from flowers or at least closer to flowers?

Hummers 2 11.2.15“Buzz off!”

Purple Basil 11.7.15


Gazania 3 11.7.15

Hum Front 11.2.15Anna’s Hummingbirds

Gaillardia 2 11.7.15

And attracting more butterflies would be a plus, too, although they seem to prefer our lantana.

Skip 11.7.15

Skippers 2 11.2.15

And this is all I saw at  Granada Park:

DSC_5245Mourning Doves


A butterball? A snowball? Maybe a domestic goose, napping.

DSC_5263American Kestrel, male


DSC_5268Queen Butterfly

Hoping for some more exotic locales in the near future…

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I Saw These…


Cactus WrenCactus Wren

DSC_5064 aCosta’s Hummingbird, male (lifer!)

DSC_5072 aCosta’s Hummingbird, male (lifer!)

GirlCosta’s Hummingbird, female (lifer!)

DSC_5076Costa’s Hummingbird, juvenile male (lifer!)

QuailGambel’s Quail, male

Starling 1European Starling

…at Desert Botanical Garden, this past week.

I saw these…

CootAmerican Coot

Gnatcatcher 1Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, female

YRWAYellow-rumped Warbler, Audubon’s, female

…at Granada Park, this past week.

I saw these…

Gila WoodyGila Woodpecker

Mock 10.31.15Northern Mockingbird

Thrasher 10.25.15Curve-Billed Thrasher

Lizard 10.31.15Ornate Tree Lizard

SwallowtailGiant Swallowtail

…in my yard, this past week. And now I’m out looking for more. :)

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