Thursday, June 22, 2017

White-Winged Doves and Fruiting Saguaros

In June of 2017, while in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument looking for fruiting saguaros, I was impressed by the number of white-winged doves I was seeing. I'd seen a couple in my many previous visits, but here I was seeing them all over, and invariably, they were standing on the top of a saguaro and picking away at the saguaro fruit. 

White-winged dove standing on saguaro fruit, bathed in the glow of the setting sun. 
I have learned that the desert is a variable canvas that presents a new picture each time I visit. The introduction of these sweet saguaro fruit brought these white winged doves out by the hundreds as they stood on the galeri 
of these desert ascetics transformed into cardinals by their ripe fruit. 


  1. Judging by the number of birds willing to brave the spines, that must be tasty fruit.