Some of the friends we've encountered in or near the garden this year...
This pair was so lovely - not sure what kind they are - bigger than a finch but not as big as a dove. Gorgeous...
Our resident hummers are back - this one thinks he owns the feeder. He allows one female to drink but other than her, no others are allowed. He will actually camp on the fence and attack any others.
Our praying mantis friends are also back - in years past we always get egg sacs to put in the yard but this year there were none available due to the harsh storms. However, some of the previous ones must have laid eggs because we have several this year. We consider them very much good luck. This one was huge!
We've also had several coveys of quail making their way down the path just behind our house. They are extremely shy and I cannot get the camera fast enough. Besides, they are so cool I cannot take my eyes off of them to even get the camera. The babies just follow behind Mom and Dad takes up the rear. We did have one covey that lost the mom but the next day I saw that they had taken up with another covey and merged families.
I find animal parenting to be very interesting - sometimes we can learn a lot from them. Ducks and geese mate for life. And geese are some of the most vigilant and protective parents I've ever encountered.
If I were any animal parent, I wonder what kind I would be. How about you?