Setting up house

Posted: January 20, 2021 in squares
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The saguaro cactus is a foundational plant in the Sonoran desert. The fruit is edible by humans and animals/birds. Dead cacti are useful as fuel for fires, once the cactus dies the ribs can be used in a variety of ways, and the thorns have been used in tattooing. But the most often observed used is as a home for birds, such as this mourning dove. Woodpeckers and flickers also like to live in these cacti.

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  1. restlessjo says:

    The prickles might keep predators away. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Lovely shot, Janet!

  2. I’ve never thought about dead cacti. Hmmmmm … nice catch!

  3. Dan Antion says:

    That’s a neat place to live.

  4. Other creatures as so adapt at recycling and repurposing what is available.
    Fabulous pix. (Snarl at these thieves who go into the desert and dig up cactus to sell for landscaping!)

    • Of course taking a saguaro is against the law but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. Sometimes one falls on a person attacking it or trying to take it. Can’t really feel too sorry for that person.

  5. Sue says:

    Ooh, I like this!

  6. That’s one classy Dove nest. I love her nest and house especially her scalloped overhang. LOVE IT! πŸ’š

  7. Joyce says:

    Such a precious photo–so sweet. There are many different way to set-up home!

  8. Such a resourceful little fellow. Nature is incredible, and you’re so talented at capturing it.

  9. I’ve never seen this before, Janet – how cool! 🌞

  10. I think it will be happy there!

  11. Sweet photograph of an adorable bird homestead. Love it, Janet.
    Great info on cactus. It’s interesting the different ways nature
    use of everything. Be Safe 😷 Izzy 😎

    • Thanks, Izzy. Glad you enjoyed the post. Even more amazing are the birds that live in holes in the cactus that are barely big enough for them to squeeze into. Hopefully they have a larger place inside!


  12. Su Leslie says:

    Nature is endlessly wonderful. Thanks for introducing me to something new today Janet.

  13. Jet Eliot says:

    Absolutely delightful find and photo!