Friday, January 15, 2016


Phainopepla - male

Phainopepla - female

Vermilion Flycatcher - female

Desert Cottontail

black-chinned Hummingbird

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Black-throated Sparrow


Western Bluebird

Yellow-rumped Warbler with spider

White-crowned Sparrow


Tuesday, November 3, 2015


Hello!  These pictures are from September and October.

Have a good day!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Summer Snapshots

Hello! These pictures are from July and August. The first two are from short nature walks in the desert and the rest are from the neighborhood and backyard.

chain fruit cholla flower with ant

Harris' antelope ground squirrel


Cooper's hawk

A bobcat came into our yard, took a long seven-minute drink of water from the toad's dish and left.


The toad has been living in our backyard for a few years but we only see it during monsoon seasons.

Sonoran desert toad


zucchini blossom

nasturtium, cucumber and tomato

roadrunner with lizard


baby verdin

baby cardinal

I saw a colorful tanager in my yard several times this summer.

western tanager with mourning doves
Have a good day!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Hummingbird Nest

Last month my husband discovered a hummingbird nest on an oleander bush that he was about to trim.

mother broad-billed hummingbird

The hummingbird had fastened the tiny nest onto a dried branch in a way that was hard to see, but once I knew where to look, I could view it from the kitchen window.


Only one of two eggs hatched.

The baby grew quickly

baby hummingbird in nest

and was soon out of the nest.


mother hummingbird feeding baby

Just in case the mother hummer wants to use the same nest again, we'll wait awhile before trimming the oleander bush.

Linking to Saturday's Critters at Viewing Nature with Eileen.