Monday, September 21, 2009

Backyard Visitors

Northern Cardinal


Green-tailed Towhee


Gila Woodpecker & Neighbor's Cat


Gambel's quail family


Sleepy Orange Butterfly
This was the first cardinal to visit our new platform feeder. Green-tailed Towhees are busy scratching around the backyard like little chickens. Gila woodpecker announces his presence with a call that sounds like a loud squeak toy. The Gambel's quail family drops by occasionally. The youngsters are almost fully grown now. I think this butterfly is a Sleepy Orange even though it wasn't sleepy or very orange.

If you didn't see the backyard critters I posted on my other blog in July, and you want to take a peek, click here
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11 comments:

Teri C said...

Great photos!! Love all the birds that visit. Our quails are always grown when we get back so I loved seeing these.

betchai said...

wow, you always have wonderful visitors, your backyard is like a haven for wildlife.

Sunny said...

Your pictures are outstanding!
That is the one thing I really miss since I moved, I always fed the birds and because of bears, we can't feed them here. I miss all my winged buddies, so thank you for sharing yours.
Sunny :)

Loree said...

I love the photo of the cardinal. They are such pretty, colourful birds.

Lynne Chapman said...

Wow! How lovely to get such intersting visitors. That red bird is amazing! We get sparrows and pigeons here in northern England, and the highlight is a robin, or, if we're getting truly exotic, twice a year maybe a jay!

Salitype said...

you've got the loveliest visitors ever.

the northern cardinal is simply fantastic.the color is so vivid, it stands out!

Icy BC said...

I would love to have these visitors to my backyard, Diane! I'm so jealous..

Beautiful photos!

Prospero said...

Hi Diane. I love the cardinal. I see some around here occasionally (probably not a Northern one?!)

Pam said...

What a wonderful variety of birds you have visiting your new feeder. It is so enjoyable watching them come and go...
Pam :)

~PakKaramu~ said...

Visiting your gsrden blog

Arasu said...

The bright colored Northern Cardinal,looks attractive.The birds seems to be in a busy conversation.
The quail looks like wearing a hat.Interesting birds and photos.