On Monday, the Curve-Billed Thrashers were sitting on the nest they were building (March 14) in the jumping cholla on the levee . If you look carefully, you can see the eye of a second bird to the lower left of the more obvious one. Perhaps this is one of the babies.
The nest is very-well built. When I walked by yesterday evening, it appeared to be empty.
However, I looked over at a nearby palo verde tree and saw a thrasher with a choice delicacy in its beak. I left the nest area and walked up the levee to the shelter of a mesquite.
I watched as both parents flew in and out of the nest. I could hear the excited babies cheeping whenever a parent showed up. This photo shows one of the thrashers leaving the nest after bringing food.
You can see here how sheltered the nest is from predators. I doubt if many predators would care to negotiate that cholla.
I've seen the Cactus Wren flying in and out of the nest on the levee, but the nest is quite high, and the jumping cholla is very, very prickly. There's no way to photograph any activity in the nest without encroaching on it and disturbing the inhabitants. I don't know if there's any breeding activity there or if the nest is a roosting nest.
The hawks continue to use the eucalyptus as a look-out, but there's been no activity on the old nest across the street that the Red-Tailed Hawks were working on in January. Presumably they've found somewhere else to raise their young this year.
See yesterday's post. I'll update when there's any new activity.