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Greater Roadrunner   Leave a comment

Greater Roadrunner Gathering Sticks for Building A Nest — HDR Image by kenne

Rule 1.

The Road Runner cannot harm the Coyote except by going “beep-beep!”

— from 9 Rules for Road Runner and Wild E. Coyote Cartoon

Nest Building Time   1 comment

Pyrrhuloxia (1 of 1)-72Pyrrhuloxia — Image by kenne

Nest Building

I watch her gathering twigs
in the
descending light
of the mountain forests.

There is something in her
movements suggesting she
is following nature’s plan.

I focus carefully through
a forest window waiting
for the right moment.

— kenne

Mourning Dove In Nest   3 comments

Mourning Dove Image by kenne

Mourning Doves are primarily a bird of open country, scattered trees, and woodland edges, but large numbers roost in woodlots during winter. They feed on the ground in grasslands, agricultural fields, backyards, and roadsides.

They typically nest amid dense foliage on the branch of an evergreen, orchard tree, mesquite, cottonwood, or vine.  Unbothered by nesting around humans, Mourning Doves may even nest on gutters, eaves, light fixtures or abandoned equipment.

The male will bring nesting material to the female. She generally builds a very flimsy nest with no insulation. This one is atop a light fixture right outside our door.

— kenne

Cactus Wren Nest   Leave a comment

D500 PhotosCactus Wren Nest — Image by kenne

He builds nests for her

Several so she can pick

The one that she likes.

— kenne

Early Spring Nest Building   Leave a comment

Cholla-cactus-january-27-2014-9646-2-blogEarly Spring Nest Building in a Chain-Fruit Cholla — Sabino Canyon image by kenne 

A Hummingbird’s Work Of Art   11 comments

Hummingbird On Nest Near Sabino Canyon Creek — Images by kenne (Click on any of the images to see larger view.)

This passed week Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) have found several hummingbird nests in the canyon riparian area. This one is a true architectural work of art.

Nearby this nest is an active Cooper’s Hawk’s nest, which provides an interesting and educational bird-nest contrast for the students in our elementary nature program.

Using twigs and leaves
Spider webs shaping her nest
Swelling as needed.

— kenne

Capturing The Moment — Greater Roadrunner Nest Building   5 comments

4-H Group-0780-4 Roadrunner with twig blog framed

4-H Group-0862 Roadrunner in nest blog framedGreater Roadrunner — Images by kenne

“Throughout much of his range the roadrunner is known as the chaparral cock, or merely the chaparral. He also is called lizard bird, ground cuckoo, cock of the desert, and, as we have stated above, snake killer. The Mexicans call him the paisiano or the correo del camino. The first of these names means compatriot or fellow countryman; according to some writers it expresses affectionate regard, and is to be freely translated “little friend.” The latter is almost the equivalent of our name roadrunner.” — GEORGE MIKSCH SUTTON from the Bent Life History Series of Monographs

Cholla Roadrunner Nest (1 of 1) blog framedThe roadrunner’s nest is in this cholla cactus just a few feet from two heavily traveled hiking trails — don’t think anything will bother this nest!

A Birder’s View Of A Cooper’s Hawk   3 comments

Nature Walk Febraury 28, 2014-0757 blogA Birder’s View Of A Cooper’s Hawk — Image by kenne

Something’s going on

Standing Guard Above the nest,

It is family time.

— kenne

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