Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have artistic photos of plants courtesy of reader Bryan Lepore and desert photos courtesy of Lenora Good. I’ve indented their captions.

I submit candidates for Reader’s Wildlife Photos… but these are cultivated plants, so, it’s worth a shot.

Collard Greens (Brassica oleracea, cultivar group Acephala). The morning dew has collected on the leaves in silvery orbs. Note how the drops concentrate at the ends of the veins in the leaf.

From Lenora Good; readers can help with the IDs, which in some cases are uncertain.

All of these were taken in at the end of spring 2009 at Cactus Garden in Phoenix, Arizona.
White-winged dove (Zenaida asiatica) Cactus Garden, Phoenix AZ, 2009.
I think this is either a female or immature House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus):

I think this is a Gila Woodpecker (Melanerpes uropygialis) Again, I’m not sure.

Northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) perched on a cholla at the Cactus Garden of Phoenix:

I call it a small brown bird, but I believe it’s a Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii):

12 Comments

  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted September 11, 2020 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Another level of unusual entrant class there – “health food”!

  2. Posted September 11, 2020 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing.

  3. rickflick
    Posted September 11, 2020 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Somehow, the Cardinal looks out of place in Arizona.
    Sparrows are notoriously difficult to tell apart, and there are lots of them to worry about.

  4. Kelvin Britton
    Posted September 11, 2020 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    The “woodpecker” is a Cactus Wren, and the sparrow is a female ( or immature) House Sparrow.

    • Posted September 11, 2020 at 10:06 am | Permalink

      Kelvin, many thanks for the id. Muchly appreciated!!

    • Posted September 11, 2020 at 10:06 am | Permalink

      Kelvin, many thanks for the id. Muchly appreciated!!

    • Posted September 11, 2020 at 10:08 am | Permalink

      Kelvin, many thanks for the ID of the birds. Muchly appreciated.

      • Terry Sheldon
        Posted September 11, 2020 at 11:12 am | Permalink

        My grandmother used to call sparrows “LBJs”, “little brown jobs”.

  5. David Kirkpatrick
    Posted September 11, 2020 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    @rickflick #3 Cardinals and their cousins the pyrrhuloxias are common in AZ.

    @Kevin Britton #4 Note, the Cactus Wren is Arizona’s state bird.

  6. Posted September 11, 2020 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    “The morning dew has collected on the leaves in silvery orbs.”

    Nice pictures, but most of it is not dew. This is “guttation water” escaping from inside the plant. That’s why, as the photographer mentioned, the big drops were on the veins. Dew would not have done that.

    • ThyroidPlanet
      Posted September 11, 2020 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

      WOWWWW

      THAT IS AMAZING!

      • sugould
        Posted September 11, 2020 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

        Yes! Another new thing!


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