A woodpecker's tail feathers are particularly strong and rigid. They use them as a brace when pecking. They also have two toes pointing forward and two toes pointing backward giving them a solid grip when climbing trees.
Collecting nectar from purple sage at dusk. At a certain angle, their black chin feathers appear as iridescent purple, almost identical to the flowers.
This beetle was identified by the experts on the iNaturalist app. Post a photo with the date, time, and location and they'll tell you what it is. This is a great free app you can download on your phone.
Though hummingbirds wear some great camouflage, their presence is revealed through their zooming and buzzing and aerial stunts.
Grabbing crayfish from a pond and swallowing them whole. I've been dismayed to discover that another part of their diet is baby ducklings. And why the rose colored legs? In research on these birds, they are always described as having yellow legs.
whose song closely resembles the opening four notes of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. Not just a little brown bird - their voice fills the air with a joyful, uplifting melody.
August is the month for newly-hatched baby Western Fence Lizards. They're everywhere in the yard and sometimes find their way into the house.