One of the things I miss most living in the house I sold in Arizona are the bird feeders. Besides this rugged wooden one that the little sparrows and bigger doves loved, there were several long cylindrical ones that only the smaller birds could perch on. For awhile I had one on the ground for the doves but then the pigeons moved in – and what a mess they made! So I had to move it to an area that was not as accessible to the pigeons. I used to love to watch and hear the little brown towhees underneath the purple sage bushes and the feathery cassia bushes.
Here are some rare visitors – a bevy of quail.
Then I had one on top of the covered hot tub especially for the doves. One year we went away for four months and the doves left evidence that they were awaiting our return right at the back door! Piles of it! (Unless they just wanted to get in because they could see the packages of bird seed setting on the table).
These are the blooms of the feathery cassia bushes that you can see above behind the doves.
Here is a critter you don’t see too often, as they usually live deep in the woods – a katydid. This is the first (and only) time I’ve ever seen a katydid. Really unusual looking!