I've mentioned the mesquite trees that grow around the perimeter of our property several times in recent blogs. Early in the year, I was afraid that the drought had damaged them. They were dry and cracking, and showed no sign of life. But in the last two or three weeks they've greened up and burst into bloom. I love the furry blooms of the Velvet (or Arizona) Mesquite.
Our mesquites host many of our local birds. Today I saw Northern Mockingbirds, Verdins, House Sparrows, Mourning Doves, Gila Woodpeckers, Abert's Towhees and brilliant yellow Wilson's Warblers. A couple of hummingbirds zipped in and then spiralled high above the tree. Several pairs of House Finches flew in and out of the huge mesquite that shades the west wall of our patio, squabbling over territory and chasing away sparrows. They chattered incessantly as they returned again and again for nesting materials. I delighted in watching and listening.