Very slow moving despite initial morning temperature of 42F (5 C), oblivious to camera noise and other disturbances even at close range, exhibiting attention only to certain types of vegetation, though alert to, and excitable by, avian species in Picidae, Psittacoidea, and Trochilidae.
Noted constant repetitive, rapid calls at decibel readings from 30 db to 68 db, including whatta-BEAU-ti-FYL-a-GA-ve, mine-OFF-settz-mine-OFF-settz, and the characteristic its-in-BLOOM-its-in-BLOOM.
Even at distance, calls were loud and easily identified.
Calls dependent upon vegetation. Though individuals are decidedly silent and elusive when solitary, in groups, they are boisterous and easily discerned.
Individuals would occasionally wander off, only to rejoin the group.
Ritualized tool use, constant throughout the observation, which continued for several hours.
Progress through the habitat extremely slow depending on variety and type of vegetation. Observers must possess exceptional patience, though the focus of each individual and the group on vegetation and repetitive calls, and the slow-moving pace of their migration, made observation easy.
The group lingered in this location for an extended amount of time.
Observer was able to wander and photograph previously Gardenerds examined plants and then return to find group in the same location.
Calls continuous and loud at times, accompanied by gesticulation and tool use. Repeated cessation of migratory progress tedious, but expected. This species known to be obsessive.
The group ventured into an enclosure without hesitation, lured by yet more vegetation.
Types of vegetation that drew Gardenerds and provoked excitement included Aloes and Palms.
Aloe rubroviolacea provoked considerable examination.
Especially lush areas seem to enthrall the group. This area provoked more rapid calls and an uptick in tool use.
As temperatures rose, the migration slowed.
The group showed interest in Opuntia fruits, but no consumption noted.
Agaves in particular prompted exclamatory calls indicating what appeared to be joy.
A ritual expression-of-delight typical of the genus photographed near the end of the observation. It is noted that the group disbursed cheerfully in early afternoon, apparently migrating to other vegetation-rich locations.
Report submitted by observer ab. All photography by ab.