Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Birds on Saguaros

In the Sonoran Desert, when the weather is too hot to enjoy a long nature walk, abundant wildlife can still be observed on just about any cactus with flowers and/or fruit.  These pictures are all from June.

flycatcher (maybe ash-throated)


This flycatcher was moving nesting material from one cactus to another.


gila woodpecker


gila woodpecker with pollen on his beak


house finches - male and juvenile


pyrrhuloxia


northern mockingbird


lesser goldfinch


phainopepla - female


cactus wren

20 comments:

Roberta said...

Those are some great shots!

Connie said...

These photographs are amazing. My favorite is the bottom one. The colors and the composition are magnificent, brilliant job:)
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Thérèse said...

Marvelous little ones!

betchai said...

you have the scenery or pictures I would love to simply enjoy watching, love them

cieldequimper said...

Beautiful, all of them! So is this where they get moisture when it's really hot and water gets scarce?

angryparsnip said...

Wonderful photos. I really like the lesser goldfinch hanging on the open fruit.

I don't have a Saguaro in my yard, I wish I did, but the birds and squirrels are chopping down on the fruit from the prickly pear.

cheers, parsnip

Darla said...

Fabulous, and I especially enjoyed the captures on moving the nesting material...how cool is that?!

Barb said...

All those birds looking so delicate, but able apparently not to get pricked by the thorns! The gils woodpecker ones are my favorite. The blooming cacti are lovely.

teca said...

Que precioso...

Feliz fim de semana.
Beijos.

Janie said...

I'm amazed at the symbiosis between birds and saguaros. I never would have thought birds would perch so often on the cactus. Great photos!

JB said...

Marvelous and fabulous!!!

rainfield61 said...

Such a busy days for the birds.

Celeste said...

Aren't the Saguaros wonderful, they play host to so many species.
I can't think of a better way of beating the heat and yet still enjoying the wildlife :)

Amin said...

Hello! Wonderful photos!

ΕΥΡΥΤΑΝΑΣ ΙΧΝΗΛΑΤΗΣ said...

Super !!!

Maria Emilia Moreira said...

Fantástica esta série de fotos! Os cactos são tão agressivos e tão belos! Os pássaros não os temem!
abraços.
M. Emília

Giga said...

Że też te ptaki nie boją się, ze kolce sobie wbiją :). Cudowne zdjęcia. Pozdrawiam.
That also is not afraid of birds, the spikes themselves will eat :). Wonderful pictures. Yours.

ZielonaMila said...

Beautiful pictures, fantastic flower, birds are very photogenic:) Regards

Magia da Inês said...

.·°°。♡♡

Encantadora série de fotos.

Bom fim de semana!°°。❤
❤⊱ Beijinhos°°。°✿
°。✿✿。Brasil
°✿✿⊱彡

sometimesthatsallyouget said...

Gorgeous captures on this post and the "Summer Sightings" post. I love that you were able to capture a photo of the ground squirrels; that they didn't scamper off. The cactus wren image is lovely!

~Lindy