I went back to the Palo Brea tree. The feeder that I filmed has nyjer seed. Many people know it as thistle seed.
I set out my camera by a peanut feeder today and this is part of what recorded. I really had my camera recording for 30 minutes, partly because I scared the birds away when I went close to the feeder. Here is about 1/2 minute of what we often see. These birds seemed to be taking turns running the others off so they could get some of the peanuts.
Today I set my tripod out by one of out trees and turned it to video. I tried to show all of the feeders at one time. It kind of worked, but next time I will zoom in on one feeder at a time. The birds kept up their songs the whole time. This clip is about 20 seconds.
As I said, my job is to take pictures. I am using a Nikon D5200 for most of the pictures, but I also use a Panasonic Lumix and my smart phone depending on what is handy at the moment.
These are some of my favorite pictures from last January.
We have a spot we call “Table Top” where we have a table that we often sit at. This roadrunner chose a tree right behind the table for his roost. I was sitting at the table when this picture was taken last January. The hard freeze that we had later wiped out the leaf cover for him so he had to find a safer roosting area.
Doug likes variety in the plants that he has chosen for his garden. He has tried to get many variations of different cactus. The division shown in this organ pipe cactus is not the usual way the arms are formed. It is one of his favorites.
These next two pictures are both senitas. (Senita means “old one” in Spanish). The first picture is the one that is most common. The tips of the arms have black to white “hairs” at the tips. We also have some senitas that have reddish “hairs”. The senita has a small purple flower.
This next senita has the same shape as most but it has the bumps along it’s spine.
Doug has ten hummingbird feeders throughout the property. They are very territorial – it seems that each feeder has it’s guard.
This next cactus is also a senita that has no thorns. It is a good cactus for close to a path!
I didn’t realize that I had so many pictures of senita in this blog.
Tomorrow I hope to post some of my favorite pictures from last February.