|Luna is a satisfied roommate. She helps me monitor new birds around our area everyday from the office. However, she does not like Ebird. Just bird.|
In the beginning, we moved into our home. There wasn't any bird feeder nor garden. To make matters worse for this nature lover, we moved into midtown Tucson.
I planted the plants. I created a living "TV" for my cats and watched it all come together. And so did our cats.
After everything settled, I began with one feeder. That feeder grew into two. Then a hummingbird feeder. A thistle feeder. Then another hummingbird feeder. A nut feeder. A suet feeder. And finally an Oriole feeder.
|Anna's Hummingbird nesting in our Live Oaks|
Then they became common at sunrise and sunset feeding around my newly placed suet.
My side garden continued to grow. But I had to deal with another situation.
Feral cats. I had seen Northern Cardinals in my neighborhood, but how could I get them to come to my feeders? Eliminate feral cats. One still remains. The other 3 were moved to the humane society.
|Female Northern Cardinal|
The Verdin uses our tree tops and slides down for a quick drink from the hummingbird feeder.
While common at my feeders, I can't imagine a day without my sparrows or finches.
I see a Praying Mantis. It sits close to the hummingbird feeder......a hummer's nightmare.
And then.....a miracle. My first Northern Cardinal shows up. The world stops at my urban home. It happened! It really happened!
In the beginning after all the plants were placed into the ground, it looked like this.
And as time went on. Others began to notice. My cats ran for cover inside the house. The birds were silent outside replaced with strange calls. My yard gets real.
The Gila Woodpecker comes and drinks from the hummingbird feeder.
And the Cooper's still randomly visits......
And I wanted warblers. So I added pineapple chunks and fruit.
On the top of our oak, I heard something rare during fall migration. Turns out this flycatcher was passing through the area.
And the Mourning and White-winged Doves continued by the feeders. I discover the White-winged Doves are the ones who are making a mess of everything. They are also the bullies of the bird world.
The House Sparrows navigate around the larger birds.
And then it really really happens. A Green-tailed Towhee stops by at my place for several days. I know that I have passed Mother Nature's test. I have officially been granted a desert oasis in the city. All the hard work has paid off.
The Verdins are nesting in our trees.
If you dream it, it will happen.
I thought the world ended when a Nashville Warbler plopped along the ground near our living room window. It was passing through our yard during migration.
And it hasn't stopped. This spring has been loaded with so many incredible birds.
I LOVE spring migration. It's the first Black-headed Grosbeak sighting on our property. This all just happened about a week ago!
Patience and planning are all that it takes. So when I can't bird on the road, I don't mind sipping on my coffee at home from my windows and seeing who will pop in for a visit. Anything is possible.
|Western Tanagers love Mulberry Trees. It's one of the reasons I placed one on our property back in 2008.|