Some of the more exotic birds are not here yet, but we have seen a lot of the most common bird in the canyon, which is called the Phainopepla
We've also seen a few woodpeckers. They like to make holes in the saguaros, which then become nests for other species. They also like to peck on the metal chimney of our condo fireplace. Thank goodness they don't appear to be out at night.
Verdons are now getting more common.
We have made the walk to the Sabino Falls overlook. From there one usually points the camera at the Falls.
For a change of pace here's a shot back over the saguaros and out into the city of Tucson proper. You can see the bowl shaped valley that is ringed by foothills and then higher mountains.
With a couple of rains in the past two weeks a few flowers are beginning to bloom. These were our first fiddlenecks. There will be zillions of them shortly.
Close up they are furry stemmed fellows and the flowers are less than half the size of your little fingernail.
Our first Globe Mallow
Desert plants have a tough life, but this saguaro takes the cake. It seems to have taken root in solid rock. .
It is now time to get out of the hills and think about dinner.