Verdins (yellow-headed one is an adult)
On another unseasonably cool day in Phoenix, we went back to the Desert Botanical Garden. Here are some of the sights.
Cholla with Fruit
Cardons (native to northwestern Mexico)
Gila Woodpecker, male
See the bee, above?
Cactus Wren (Arizona State Bird)
Prickly Pear blooms
Saguaro blooms (Arizona State Flower)
Mourning Dove juveniles
Look what we saw! If it hadn’t been cloudy, the photos would have been much better but it’s the first time I ever got one without branches in front of it. It was also very windy that day!
Great Horned Owl
Much like the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale, the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve, located in North Phoenix, has over 18,000 acres of beautiful desert views including 36 miles of exciting multi-use trails. The wildflowers were just beginning to bloom but the tons of Chollas were glowing in the sun.
We were at the Apache Wash Trailhead where a mountain biker crashed into a rattlesnake that same day and was bit. We did see an ambulance but didn’t know about this until seeing it on the news that night. It’s rattler season.
The female Black-throated Sparrow is the nest builder (you can see her gathered materials in her bill) and a breeding pair is very territorial so the one on the nearby cactus must have been her mate.
Cactus Wrens, Arizona’s State Bird
These two were also together so I imagine they are mates, too.
Painted Lady Butterfly
There were really pretty views here.
A perfect plump Saguaro after all our rain
It was hazy but in the distance, we could see Four Peaks, 42 miles away, as the crow flies, still covered with the recent snow.
The day before, we drove around trying to get a good view of Four Peaks with the snow, away from houses and buildings. This was taken somewhere north of Fountain Hills…
It’s been in the 80s the last couple of days; the snow has all melted. Spring is coming to the desert.