Monsoon Soon???

Oh, (sigh….)… everyone and everything in Todd’s Backyard is so ready for the desert’s Summer rainy season!  Almost every afternoon, for the past week, at the peak of the heat, we check the clouds that start to build up. Just to tease us, right now…

Heard a little thunder….but still, no rain!

Everywhere you look, the rabbits are stretched out, under the cactus, in the dirt,trying to get at least a little relief from the parched ground. Once the rains come, this will be prime rabbit real estate, as the ground cools off.

The once silky ‘old man’ cactus is really getting frazzled baking in the sun! Hopefully the moisture will restore his fluffy ‘do!

Waiting for the monsoons, the hummingbirds are resting more often. Usually with their little beaks open and wings fanned out, to cool down. They may also be resting up to save their strength, so they can endure the violent storms to come!

Everyone is looking forward to the monsoons! Especially these guys…

The Colorado River Toads- they hibernate underground all year until the rains come, then watch out! Sometime around August it’s likely to become Toad’s Backyard!

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105 at 5…

And our feathered friends are unphased!

Late this afternoon, at 5 o’clock pm, I gathered my camera and a cold beer and ventured out to the porch to see if I could catch any entertaining activity in Todd’s Backyard. Even though it was like sitting in a blast furnace, the desert critters were still out doing their thing! I thought about going back inside to the nice air-conditioned house and watch some news. But, as I watched all my little feathered and furry friends go about their business, I couldn’t help but feel a little in jealous of their tolerance of the intense desert heat!

So I figure, if they can take it, so can I! So, I settled in to watch the late afternoon routine unfold.

Heat or no heat, I always look forward to seeing this little quail family every afternoon. The family consists of 3 babies and a Dad. The mom must have met her end. What’s really special about this group, is one of the babies is crippled…he has a gimpy little leg and hops along after his sibs and dad. The dad always patiently waits for his little hop-along baby. And under Dad’s watchful eye, they make their rounds.

Todd got a new feeder yesterday. A feeder that the big white wing doves can’t get into and eat all of the seed. Tonight smaller birds checked it out and giving it their whole-hearted approval!

This poor quail is still looking for a mate !….Every night, without fail, he finds his post and calls out for his long-lost love. We hear his ka-kaw! ka-kaw until the sun goes down!

Mr. cardinal found a nice shady spot to catch a little dinner.

The finches flocked to their 5 o’clock feast!

And the dove found a nice cool drink!

So, by about 6 o’clock, the thermometer had sunk to 100, I had consumed  a few more cold beers and life was good! And tomorrow, when once again it’s 105 at 5, it will be another amazing day!…Sweet!…..I mean Sweat!

Things are Heating Up!

It finally hit 100 degrees last week. All the spring time blossoms have shriveled up. Summer is finally here! It’s 9 o’clock in the morning and the air conditioner kicks on… It’s the time of year when we already start looking forward to cooler days of the winter to come.

With the heat comes the buzz…not only from the gallons of refreshing sangria that will be consumed, but from these little guys..

You know it’s summer when the cicadas start buzzing. They really get going when Monsoon season starts around the first of July.

The heat tends to ruffle the feathers of many backyard residents. Puffing up to catch any breeze that might give them a little relief.

Or, some just hop in Todd’s ‘water feature’ to cool off!

This is likely to be a popular spot this summer!

Zoe gets cool with her new summer do….

And Lulu soaks up the heat with her desert ‘chi-yotie’ zest for the sun!

The summer in Todd’s Backyard will be long and hot, but when the monsoons come it will cool off a bit. Until then, we can dream of cooler days, perhaps even Christmas…

With these two turtle doves hanging out to remind us the holiday season will be here before you know it!

Yikes!