Fiery Skipper (with Green Bottle Fly)
Once again, the lantana is pulling the butterflies, bees, and flies into its sweet nectar. It totally froze this winter, turned black, and then came back to life again! Lantana is hearty.
So, sadly, my winter visitor birds have now moved on to their summer homes. Hope they come back next year! Especially my favorite, “Tink,” below:
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Audubon’s, male (“Chatty”)
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Audubon’s, female (“Shy Girl”)
But, in return, the only migrator I saw~so far~in my yard was a Plumbeous Vireo and I didn’t get a photo because it left right away. But it as well as the following bird made my Yard Bird species count jump to 47:
These quail are normally in desert areas, not crowded urban areas like where we live. I strongly discouraged this guy from settling in as quail spend so much time on the ground and lay their eggs on the ground. There are way too many cats for that to have a good outcome. So after 2 days of me shooing him off, he disappeared. I hope he got out of our cat-friendly neighborhood fast.
So we are now back to the year-round regulars:
Curve-billed Thrashers (above photo is a juvenile)
Abert’s Towhee (gathering nuts to take back to the nest)
Northern Mockingbirds (gathering food for nestlings)
House Finch, male and Lesser Goldfinch, female
Eurasian Collared-Dove and White-winged Dove
Gila Woodpecker, male
European Starling (bashing an orange)
And, of course, we have House Sparrows, too. Who doesn’t? Now we are settling in for another long, hot summer here in Phoenix.