that carving is cool!:) you really should come out and see some cacti! we do have birds galore in AZ too!
TimN, at the in-laws house they have a Palo Verde tree that has a hummingbirds nest inside it. They attack cats and other birds all the time protecting their nest. I have a family of Ravens near me that I enjoy watching flying around.
Tony, you have to watch out for that, esp when you are trying to snap their pictures!
Here's to you, all you insidious creatures of green..er I mean cacti.