06 January 2008

Backyard Wildlife - 2007 in Review

We didn't get out this weekend, so I thought I'd make a quick compilation of some backyard wildlife we've seen.

Lesser Goldfinch We get flocks of 6-12 daily on the finch feeder.

Hooded Oriole We had an out of season Hooded Oriole for about 10 days in early December. It never cooperated for good photos, though.

Red Jumping Spider Seen in early October, this spider was only about 1 cm long.

Annas Hummingbird This is one of my favorite backyard hummingbird pictures.

Gulf Fritillary These butterflies were common in summer and fall this year.

Western Pygmy Blue This one was tiny...that is a blade of grass it's on.

Zebra Finch This escaped Zebra Finch showed up in late August.

Preying Mantis We had many preying mantis last summer

Sonoran Desert Toad These guys burrow underground and come out for about two months when the summer rains hit. They are the size of a bullfrog, and are toxic. This one showed up at our front doorstep around dusk one evening in late July.

Lightning and Dust Storm OK, it's not wildlife, but interesting none-the-less. These were from some late July monsoons.

Bee Swarm A huge swarm invaded our Mesquite for about a week in late April.

House Wren Only once have I seen any wren in our yard.

Burrowing Owl The only time we've seen one in our yard was in January.

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