Male Gila Woodpecker, through my window at a backyard nectar feeder, 3/30/12.
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Today was a household & errands day, so no exciting birding expeditions were made. But consolation came in some lovely early morning moments...
My neighbor's beautiful Argentinian Giant cactus bloomed. Its amazing flowers open at night, and wither by the following afternoon.
The dove parents are faithfully incubating their eggs, and not flying away when we open the front door. Not sure if this is Mr or Ms, but it was lovely in the morning light.
And finally, this red passionflower bloomed this morning on a plant I got at Home Depot last week when I went to see their owls. These only last about a day too, but there are lots of buds coming along.
Tomorrow may bring a DBG visit, if I can get there early enough to get some elbow room among all the photogs staking their territory with tripods and reflectors. The DBG cacti are reportedly on the verge of bursting into mega-bloom...
This morning I went to the Desert Botanical Garden to search for signs of spring, and I was not disappointed, though the season is young.
First off, along the Wildflower Trail, I found this mystery hummingbird above. It looks like an Anna's female, except that its lower throat feathers seem to be a golden green. So perhaps a hybrid -- but which mixed?
This Abert's Towhee was playing at the water feature under the huge old mesquite that provides peaceful shade and shelter for people and critters alike.
Another hummingbird, this a Costa's female, at the raised entry garden where there are lots of blooming aloes.
A Northern Mockingbird sang to the waning moon from atop a boojum tree.
More blooming aloes in the succulent garden. I always love them against this vibrant background that hides some ugly utility equipment.
A Curve-billed Thrasher was working on its nest set in the middle of a small cactus along the butte loop trail.
Even though I see plenty of Mourning Doves at home, this one looked especially pretty sitting on the pebbled handrail.
More aloes -- I love these golden spikes.
Finally -- ta da! -- a lovely prickly pear cactus in bloom.