Spring Sprung at the DBG

In March, this female Williamson’s Sapsucker showed up at the Desert Botanical Garden for a few days. She really loved the aloe nectar so she stayed in one area and was easy to find. They are rare here (preferring western mountains) so many birders went out to see her.

She looked very pretty foraging through the blooms.

Zebra Longwing

Common Buckeye

These are from the new Butterfly Pavilion at DBG. I guess I don’t enjoy photographing them in a controlled setting like that; it’s more challenging to get them in their native environments. Apparently both these species can be found in Arizona but I’ve never seen them.

Desert Spiny Lizard

Lesser Goldfinch, female

Gambel’s Quail, male

Phainopepla, male

And just in time for Easter!

Desert Cottontail

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7 responses to “Spring Sprung at the DBG

  1. The lizard looks like he’s doing well, and so does the Sapsucker!

  2. These are amazing images–so detailed and sharp–perfect!

  3. How fun the Sapsucker brought birders in to see her. A visiting avian celebrity.

  4. Lovely as usual Candace. Thanks for your time.

  5. Super photos!
    I wish you a happy Easter

  6. Oh, how I love that little bunny, Candace!
    These are wonderful photographs.
    Wishing you a very, very Happy Easter.

  7. An excellent variety of wildlife. You take excellent pictures that make it fun to visit your site.

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