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Monthly Archives: August 2014

Breakfast Tea Patio Shots

Early morning was steamy, with beautiful colored light ever-changing  as the clouds bustled through the sky. I got these photos while seated on the patio with a cup of tea. The Rufous Hummingbirds (Selaphorus rufus)have returned, by the hour, it seems their numbers increased. A few mature males, several females and a lot of juveniles, like this one…

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Broad-billed Hummingbirds (Cynanthus latirostris)are here in HUGE numbers, a recent Tucson Audubon Guide remarked she had NEVER seen so many in one spot!

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The Cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis) are some of the earliest to sing and hung around until the storm clouds started to build. There was a bit of ‘displayed animosity’ as they enjoyed some suet.

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The Cooper’s Hawks were strafing, keeping the birds at bay, so ME and I used our Pentax Papilio Close-focusing binoculars and spotted a really cool Horse Lubber Grasshopper nymph (Taeniopoda eques).

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The storm hit with a roar, but quickly settled into a good soaking rain. When we went back to the patio, this Cooper’s Hawk juvenile (Accipiter cooperi), one of the resident brood, had a certain look of malcontent as it attempted to dry it’s feathers.

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It was an excellent morning! Six (seven?) species of hummingbirds from the patio without moving and so many others on the surrounding seed and suet feeders. Repeat tomorrow morning…

Watch Your Step!

Bucket of seed in hand, I approached our two empty seed feeders, right by the suet feeder that I had filled not five minutes earlier. I looked down and my thoughts were, “Ah! Poor little bird. I was just here. Did you just drop dead off of the feeder?” Out loud, I heard myself say, “Oh! Wait! There’s a snake attached to you.” CJ heard me, rushed over and excitedly announced, “That’s a new one”. I let CJ have the pleasure of completing the night’s feed.     Continue Reading


Graceful reintroduction of mankind into his environment