February 18, 2016
Life is good! If you don't believe me, just ask any one of our three pups. Food, water, toys, a blankie and some cuddling goes along way with them!
and late afternoons have been so nice for sitting on the patio. Puppies love their ex-pen and freedom to play.
As for us, life just couldn't be better. Joe had his year and half check-up. The PET shows NO cancer and we are good to go for another six months...yippee!
Just like our other stays here in Tucson, I have enjoyed the birds at our feeders.
The hummingbirds continue to zoom in and out, fuss and consume lots of food.
The verdins also continue to entertain. These cute little birds make me chuckle...the real "angry birds".
A new partaker to the orange feeder this year is a Gila Woodpecker. He is a regular visitor every morning around 8:30 and again about 4:30.
He is a medium to large size woodpecker (about 9.4 inches) and a bit tall for the feeder. It is amazing how he compensates for his size by ducking his head down as he tucks his tail feathers under the feeder to use them as a counter balance and clamp. A real balancing act...
I have photographed these beautiful birds in and on saguaro cacti, but never in my backyard. I read on www.allaboutbirds.org that the Gila is the only woodpecker in it's range with the black and white back...one of the gorgeous patterns of nature.
It's a good thing the feeders hang on an orange tree. There are a few oranges left at the top of the tree which I expect to be bare by the time we leave.
I have noticed new leaves and blooms about to open on the same tree.
Up next, a walk through a saguaro forest with friends...
Until then, happy days and happy trails!