Hummingbirds don’t share. They each claim exclusive rights to my feeder and they stand guard in the branches of the Palo Verde tree, zooming out to dive-bomb any others who would dare take a drink. The two will then soar and swoop and attack and retreat at lightning speeds, and finally rest, waiting ... Continue reading

Goldfinches chow down

The Lesser Goldfinch is a year-round resident here in southern Arizona, and on these warm summer days my palo verde tree is alive with flashes of gold as the finches compete for a place at my thistle feeders. These are very small birds with a very particular appetite for Niger thistle seed, which I ... Continue reading

Feeding the birds

In the winter, when everything is drying up and dying, I feel sorry for the birds. And so, I feed them. It's because of Mary Poppins. I've been on a guilt trip about birds ever since I heard the old lady begging young Michael Banks to "feed the birds, tuppence a bag."We have two hummingbird ... Continue reading