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.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Spring Birds

Here are some pictures from April and May. I saw the desert birds on nature walks and took most of the yard bird photos through the window.

Desert Birds
roadrunner in a tree


rufous-winged sparrow

Gambel's quail

cactus wren gathering nesting material from a saguaro


black-throated sparrow

white-winged dove

Yard Birds



white-winged dove and mourning dove

cardinal and house finch

house finches - red and orange

orange house finch

western tanager

broad-billed hummingbird in a nest

  Have a nice day!  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

At the Creek

Hello!  These pictures were taken on March 24th.

Have a good day!

Monday, April 6, 2015


Brittlebush is a common desert shrub that gets the name because its stems can break off easily. It's in the same family as the sunflower.


Linking with Monday Mellow Yellows

Have a wonderful week!