Male House Finch after eating orange and jelly
The annual return of the White-winged Doves
Our 13 year old feral, Edie
Ferguson, a star
Abert’s Towhee eating a mulberry
“Once upon a time, when women were birds,
there was the simple understanding that
to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk
was to heal the world through joy.
The birds still remember
what we have forgotten,
that the world is meant to be
~Terry Tempest Williams
Anna’s Hummingbird, male
Some people think the desert is brown and boring and our birds are brown and colorless. It’s just not true! Here are pics from our yard in the last few days…
Tiny Birds of Yellow
Above are a
Pine Siskin, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Verdin, Lesser Goldfinch female, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Lesser Goldfinch male, and Orange-crowned Warbler. They are all only 4-4.5 inches long.
Rosy-faced Lovebirds (the young ones have black on their bills and less vivid coloring on their faces)
Honeybee on Sage and Lavender
Mr. White, an unusually marked House Finch
My sweet little Orange-crowned Warbler, “Tink”
Yellow-rumped Warbler, female
Inca Doves (there were over 22 in the yard that day)
And guess what? We had snow in Phoenix on January 25! We’ve seen it in the mountains around town and a light dusting now and then but nothing like this storm!
So the desert is not all brown…and we haven’t even started spring yet when everything here bursts into color!
Potter Wasp on Lavender
No birds in this post!!!! I’m trying to clean photos off my desktop as I keep taking more and more almost everyday. The birds will be back in my next post, some decked out in holiday style. Meanwhile…
Sparkling Sap in our Pine Tree
Tree Lizard Geometry
A few weeks ago
All photos were taken in our yard except the cotton. I saw that when I was hunting for a particular bird that I never saw…
Ferguson excited about his Thanksgiving dinner
One day when I was sitting in the yard watching birds, this little visitor dropped by…and picked a good place to pose.
Sometimes there are 50 or more birds in our yard at one time, eating, hanging out…and the cacophony of bird sounds is pretty intense. Other times there are gentle chirps and buzzes…
House Finches (click to enlarge)
Anna’s Hummingbirds are sipping from the plants I recently bought.
And perching and fighting and showing their colors…(click to enlarge)
And my little
Orange-crowned Warbler happily winters here…
But they all need to watch out for this guy:
All of these photos are of male Anna’s Hummingbirds in our yard. We have some females, too, but they are keeping to themselves and don’t seem to want to pose long enough for photos. We have at least 4 males in the yard right now but I do think there is one in particular that poses the most…Comet. So here he and his friends are:
Waving to his friends
I just got some hummingbird (and butterfly) friendly plants to lure them in for pretty photos. So far, no go…Mexican Honeysuckle, Sage (salvia), and Lavender.