Did you notice? At the top of the right sidebar, I've added a Nest Watch: Calypte Anna photo album link, which has photos and details from my Anna's hummingbird nest watch. It has photos from every day so far. Soon, I hope to reformat it with the most recent day's photo appearing first, but right now Typepad's photo date function isn't cooperating for me. So if need be, keep clicking through on "next" to get to the most recent picture. With luck, there will be babies hatching within the coming week. Let's hope they like the Phoenix summer heat; it amazes me how many hummingbirds stay here during our hot summers.
But the hummers aren't the only birds that are actively nesting despite the summer heat. This morning on my walk, I saw verdins busily bringing beaks full of goodies back to their nests. Verdins build round, covered nests with little entrance holes in the sides, so their babies have shade. Those verdins are anti-papparazzi and challenging to photograph; this is the best I could do.
And then there are the mourning doves, who often build nests in the most precarious locations. This dove sits on an unusually well-built nest in the heart of a palo verde tree... in the center of the landscaped median strip of the street where I walk. If all doves built such sturdy nests, they'd probably have overtaken the world by now!
The nice thing about doves is that the daddy dove usually stays close to keep the mom company and help with the babies. That's my idea of a romantic guy!
Progress report on my little Abruzzo quilt next time...