Our Partridge in a Cactus and other Backyard Beauty

December 15th, 2013 | Posted by Spice Grove Designs in Inspiration from Nature | Spice Grove Designs

Inspired by the beloved “12 Days of Christmas” song we hear so much this time of year, I thought we would enjoy some of our regular desert birds of Winter! All of these lovely birds have been found in our backyard or on hikes within an hour of home!! Sometimes with the busyness of the Holidays it’s nice to sit back and enjoy the gifts you already have! Enjoy friends!!

I thought I’d start with one of my favorite desert dwellers, especially since they have so much in common with the partridge from the song! These guys love to sit on our back fence all in a row. We had a family who lived right behind our house and it was so amazing to watch the little family with their 5 babies! What a wonderful experience to hear them calling to each other everyday. Click here to hear and see a quail call that JIceBirdsandMore caught on video.

Gambel's Quail

Gambel’s Quail

The adorable little Arizona Woodpecker we found on a hike not too far from our house. The girls just loved seeing him peck away at the tree! I just love the colors he sports!

Arizona Woodpecker

Arizona Woodpecker

Arizona Woodpecker eating

Arizona Woodpecker eating

Next, also seen behind our home, is the amazing Red Tailed Hawk. (Sorry the picture isn’t better.) I love to watch them soaring silently over the desert surveying all that they can see! I assume that his huge talons help protect against the Ocotillo that he’s sitting in!

Red Tailed Hawk

Red Tailed Hawk

One of my very favorite birds we found on a little hike close to our house! I’ve loved seeing Stellar Jay’s when I lived in Colorado and Northern Arizona but I had no idea these lovely guys were found down here! These gorgeous Mexican Jay’s were talking and enjoying hanging out together on a beautiful day! I just love the blue against the yellow of the fall leaves!

Mexican Jay

Mexican Jay

The state bird of Arizona, the Cactus Wren also spends a lot of time in our backyard and they are so cute to watch! We love to watch them in the grass or just sitting on the Ocotillo watching their surroundings.  This little guy kept watching me to see what I was doing!

Cactus Wren

Cactus Wren

Cactus Wren

Cactus Wren

Then there were the huge wild turkeys we found right before Thanksgiving! The girls used to love to watch them in NY with their little flock and hear their ‘gobbles’ so we were super excited to find them here in the southwest!

Wild Turkeys

Wild Turkeys

Unfortunately a couple of birds that most frequent our house I was unable to catch on film…..the Roadrunners are just too fast as are the tiny hummingbirds. Hopefully soon though friends! Instead I thought I share some of the gorgeous landscape and other friends that are close by that I’ve been blessed to enjoy recently! We have a flowering bush out front that regularly attracts 30-40 butterflies at a time! What a wonder!

Various Butterflies in our front yard

Various Butterflies in our front yard

The hummingbirds have been going crazy over these Palo Verde Tree blossoms!  Not sure why the tree next door was blooming in late November though??

The delicate Blossom of the Palo Verde Tree

The delicate Blossom of the Palo Verde Tree

These gorgeous Desert Broom shrubs were so soft and pretty!! Apparently they suffice here in AZ for snow in the Winter! :)

Desert Broom Shrub

Desert Broom Shrub

And what nature feature would be complete without a couple of beautiful sunset photo’s? Taken from our backyard…..we are so blessed!!

Arizona Sunset

Arizona Sunset – Elapsed time about 5 minutes between shots!

I came out on the back patio one afternoon to discover this amazing birds’ nest! To my surprise it was made by my ever creative 8 yr. old out of dry grass and white rocks! Love her imagination!

Backyard Birds' Nest

Backyard Birds’ Nest

One last picture wishing you all a beautiful Christmas Season from our Home to Your Home! Thank you so much for stopping by and enjoying Nature with me! Have a wonderful week and don’t forget to enjoy the little gifts you already have this season! Maybe they are even in YOUR backyard!

Merry Christmas from Arizona!

Merry Christmas from Arizona!

Blessings to you friends,
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PS – I’d love to hear what amazing things inspire you in Nature this time of year!

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