Saturday, May 26, 2012

Nestings

Does this look like a face to you?  Open mouth, curls on the head???

It's the saguaro in our front yard - about 16 feet tall.  The 'hair' is what's left after the blossoms die.  They'll fall off eventually.  The hole is probably the result of a bird trying to find a place to nest. 



Between the front porch and the saguaro is a large toothpick cactus.  I've noticed a nest in it before, but now its occupied by this very busy little bird - not much bigger than a hummingbird.  I don't know what it is but she was very concerned with me sitting on the porch pointing the camera at her nest.



She flew into another bush in the front yard trying to distract me, but I wasn't moving so she came back.



The next time she left, I went closer to the cactus/nest and took this picture.  The entrance is that hole in the middle.  I didn't want to get any closer because I didn't want to scare the mama bird off so I don't know if there are eggs in there or not.


I'll keep an eye on it.

9 comments:

Granny Annie said...
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Granny Annie said...

How interesting. I never saw such a bird or such a nest. Hope somebody will know what kind of bird that is. Yes, somehow birds all seem to know when they are being watched...even chickens.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Your part of the country there is so different from anything here. It's nice to see that part of the world. Your pictures of the cactus and the bird are wonderful. Hope you have a great Sunday!

Mickey said...

Amazing to me that they chose such a prickly place to nest! Very safe from bigger birds! Great pics Pat!

Mickey said...

Oh wanted to ask if that hole in the saguaro does it any harm? It's quite a big one! Is there a nest in it too? Wouldn't it have been nice to see those blooms (but Pinterest showed us how beautiful they are!)

Bev said...

Ohhh my favourite tree!! I just love them...they have such character...

TARYTERRE said...

That is one BIG saguaro you have there. Cute birdie. how does it navigate those prickly needles???

frayedattheedge said...

I'm so glad that I got the big lens for my camera, so I can sit at the other side of the garden to take photos of the nesting birds! Love the photo of the litttle bird perched on the cactus spine!

Magpie said...

That sweet little bird is a Verdin. They are often seen at my hummingbird feeder and they love the palo verde blossoms.