Graceful reintroduction of mankind into his environment

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…

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Graceful reintroduction of mankind into his environment