We have a number of bird nests now, both in our yard and on the mesquite lot.
A Phainopepla pair is spending a lot of time hanging around a large clump of mistletoe in one of our mesquite trees, and may have a nest hidden inside. They are pretty shy, and we haven't been able to photograph them yet.
A female hummingbird built her tiny nest on a wind-damaged branch in our yard. Unfortunately, the branch failed - we tried to reposition the nest, but she eventually abandoned the site after inspecting it a few times. She is still coming to the flowers and hummer feeders, so we are hoping she has built another nest nearby.
|VERDIN NEST in SWEET ACACIA TREE|
At last count there were 4 Verdin nests in 3 different species of trees.
The Verdins really enjoy the sliced oranges we have been putting out for them. The cross-cut orange halves are speared on ocotillo snags that we placed in the yard for that purpose.
This nest (below left) was under construction a week ago.
|VERDIN NEST in MESQUITE TREE (in progress)|
There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.
~Robert Lynd, The Blue Lion and Other Essays