Even though we live in a very urban area in central Phoenix, our backyard is almost entirely covered with trees. On Google maps, you can’t see anything but treetops. It means there’s a whole other world under there and it also means most of my photos are high ISO because it’s dark, even on a sunny day (which is rare lately).
I’ve seen 24 species in our yard which isn’t bad for an urban setting. Here are a few of the birds that flit from branch to branch daily.
I love their Angry Bird look.
We have a huge Goldwater pine, a large mesquite, African sumac, mulberry, pomegranate, oleanders, queen palm, and California pepper. In the front, we have lantana, ficus, silk oak, and more African sumac. Most of these trees/bushes seem to provide some sort of seeds or other sustenance for the birds so I don’t have any feeders out other than for the hummers because I don’t want seed falling to the ground for birds to forage any more than happens naturally. We do have outdoor cats…
But…since the holidays, I have been putting out an orange a day and a few nuts high in the trees much to the excitement of several birds.
“OMG, is this for me?”
Above our cozy, happy little canopy danger always lurks, however.
I know these guys have to eat, too, but I don’t want them eating my cute little birds.
dark, brimming with life
beneath the lush canopy
birds sing, eat, drink, fly