Sunday, August 8, 2010

New Life

Over the past couple of weeks we've watched a pair of black-throated sparrows building a nest in the cholla alongside our front walkway. They are master builders, creating an exquisite, deep nest in a very hidden spot. In the photo above, one of the pair is perched just to the right of the nest, which is hidden in a dark hollow.

It seemed that almost as soon as the nest was built, the babies hatched. There are three of them--here you can see one with a wide open bill.

We have a quail family with a passel of tiny chicks that have been coming to the water dish. I'll try to get a picture of them and add it to this post. Meanwhile, here are some photos of the other regulars. Above, an antelope squirrel at the dish, with a cottontail happily resting in a cool hole in the ground, and a couple of doves looking on. Below, a jackrabbit.