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Neighbors~

The Holler has the best neighbors. (click/tap to enlarge)

Check out the marvelous modeling mama,

grosbeak!

She is photogenic from every angle,

and loves having her picture taken.

She is a very friendly neighbor.

The orioles,

and acorn woodpeckers add a splash of color to the scene.

Cheers to you from our Holler neighbors~

Fanfare~

Close up wonder of a hummer’s tail. (Tap to enlarge all photos).

Hummers can hover and fly backwards.

Their tongue is longer than their body and rolls up when not in use!

They can flash their colors at will.

Hummers are joy in the garden!

The world’s smallest bird,

is quite brave,

and not afraid of humans.

Cheers to you from The Holler Hummers~

Mr. & Mrs. Grosbeak~

Meet mommy grosbeak.

She is not as flashy,

as her hubby.

But she has a subtle, more delicate beauty.

Here is her dashing Romeo.

You have to admit he is, quite the looker, and eater!

He is shy, hesitant around humans,

smart birdie.

Cheers to you from the happy Holler honeys~

Holler Newbie~

Meet the Lazuli Bunting!

He’s the new bird,

on the block!

I had never heard of a Lazuli Bunting,

until this guy showed at one of The Holler feeders.

Now he is a Holler local.

Happy Easter to you from the beauteous blue bunting~

The Golden Boys~

are back,

at The Holler!

The golden girls are too.

This guy is a Bullocks Oriole.

All the rest are Hooded Orioles.

They are amazingly fun birds to have around,

because they have such comical personalities.

They head-bob, bicker, play and people watch.

Cheers to you from the handsome Holler orioles~

Southwest Desert~

Flamingos?

Apparently.

Because here they are!

Hanging out with their very outgoing chicks.

There were Australian swans,

snoozing with Canadian Geese.

in ponds,

in Nevada and California.

Cheers to you from the happy birdies~

Fish Tales~

Arizona Koi,

are friendly fish.

They aren’t afraid of getting hooked,

but do expect some tasty treats!

I had no fishy food,

but still they followed me,

around the ponds,

like swimming puppy dogs!

Cheers to you from Arizona’s friendly koi~

Red Rock & Sand~

Imbued by light,

and shadow.

Water reflects pastel hues.

Faces form in the rocks,

and vanish in the shadows.

Light is fleeting here,

defined by shadow.

Cheers to you from Sedona Arizona~

The Cardinal Rule~

Is that I have seen only one cardinal,

ever.

The first was in Buenos Aires.

Meet Cardinal number two!

I met him at The Superstition Mountains in Arizona.

He was a rare finding and was quite sociable.

Of course I didn’t have my good bird zoom lens, but he’s so handsome, it almost doesn’t matter.

Cheers to you from my second Cardinal in Arizona~

Wild Mustangs of Mono Lake~

Officially named The Montgomery Pass Wild Horses, (click to enlarge)

these mustangs have a range of 50,185 acres,

spanning the borders of California and Nevada.

Photos were taken on the south shore of Mono Lake in California.

There has been no aerial round ups, or baiting population control efforts, with this herd for the past thirty years.

They are the only feral herd in the US whose population is managed entirely by natural apex predator (mountain lion) predation.

These guys are clearly advising me not to come much closer!

There were only two other people here, in the winter, and you can see the horses seemed more interested in the people, than visa versa.

These are shy and elusive creatures, I was fortunate to spend time with them.

I didn’t have my zoom lens and was pleased they allowed me in shooting distance.

The herd is estimated to have a population of over a hundred. We saw at least that many.

Cheers to you from The Mono Lake Mustangs~

For more info on these stunning creatures see:

https://americanwildhorsecampaign.org/media/herds-across-west-montgomery-pass-mustangs

My next post will focus on Mono Lake and the strange formations you see in the photos.