Love Among the Quarai Ruins

This past week I read in the newspaper that there would be a bird walk at the Quarai Ruins, a 17th century Spanish pueblo mission, to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day on May 8, 2009.  I called favorite birding buddy Bosque Bill, and we decided that we would go. I picked Bill up at 6:30 a.m., and we drove to Quarai. We saw beautiful birds, and the ruins are gorgeous. There will be more in later posts on both of these subjects. For Mother’s Day, however, I have a love story.

She was a beautiful female Ladder-backed Woodpecker all alone in a huge cottonwood tree that was just beginning to get its summer foliage.

Female Ladder-backed Woodpecker

But what is this? She has caught the eye of a handsome male Ladder-backed Woodpecker.

Male and female Ladder-backed Woodpeckers

Just that quickly love was in the air, and in the cottonwoods.



And how else can I end a love story? Of course they lived happily ever after.

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7 responses to “Love Among the Quarai Ruins

  1. Thanks for the big smile on this fine Sunday. Very cute! Those 2 look QUITE happy together … a beautiful love story.

  2. I miss my AZ Ladder-backs…and to see them mating…Very cool!

  3. Awesome post and photos for Mother’s Day! A Ladder-backed Woodpecker would be a life bird for me.

  4. What a beautiful love story :)

  5. Sweeeeet! I LOVE happy endings! Great post!

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