One of the tools I make sure is in my gardening bag is my camera. I never know when I'll look up and see a family of quails or a road runner. Sometimes I see things that are gone before I can take my camera out of the bag! For instance, I usually have a yard full of bird noises so when it got quiet I looked around to see why, and there perch on top of my trellis was a beautiful Eagle!! By the time I reached for my camera he was long gone. Here are some that I did catch. Enjoy.
Earl the Squirrel is a frequent visitor, here he is quenching his thirst at my bird bath.
Mr and Mrs Quail and a few of their twenty or more babies, This was a training session. Mom and Dad went over the curb at this point but the babies had to go back and forth until they found a lower spot that they could manage.
A different set of Mr and Mrs Quail at the "water" bar.
Carl the Cooper Hawk flies in for a drink and all the other birds in the yard get really quiet and hide while he's around.
Red Dianthus before Gopher attack.
Red Dianthus after Gopher attack.
I know you can't see them, but all the evidence says I have gophers visiting, totally ignoring my No Trespassing signs.
This fellow/lady hung here for over 2 hours. I have no idea what the attractive was.
Bertha the Bumblebee having a nectar snack on my stock plants.
This is Ralph the Roadrunner. Ralph and his kind are also frequent visitors to my yard. The lizards all scoot when he shows up. Not sure how bright he is, I once saw him go up a tree for a bird which promptly flew off just as he got within reach.
Baby road runners gets thirsty too
This is Gregg the Grasshopper. He's a model for Sci-Fi alien creatures.
This is Gregg's baby cousin
The butterflies too like my yard. Too many to name.
No this fellow was not in my garden; but he has had surgery to replace his lost leg with a wheel!
Harold the Hummer and his friends keeps me busy filling their feeders; if I leave the feeders out at night the bats suck them dry.
Greta the gecko is on her way to an aphid feast. She and her kind are most welcome in my yard.
Roger the rabbit is so bold, he stopped to pose for this picture. When he left, all of my pansies were headless. The plants were not harmed and given time blossomed again, Roger was planning for the future.
Ida the Spider came by and built her web in my Spider Lily plant. Not sure if she is an asset but she is beautiful.