Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Springtime at The Azure Gate Bed and Breakfast - Part VI Blooming



Also blooming are the Hedgehog Cactus:



Hedgehog Cactus



Sunday, April 28, 2019

Springtime at The Azure Gate Bed and Breakfast - Part V Blooming



Also Blooming are the Ocotillo.  Here is one with a Black Throated Sparrow:

Ocotillo with Black Throated Sparrow

Friday, April 26, 2019

Springtime at The Azure Gate Bed and Breakfast - Part IV Blooming



There are an abundance of Aloes on our property and most are in bloom. It's a wonderful sight.

Aloe with Orange Flowers

Aloe with Yellow Flowers




The hummingbirds are often seen taking pollen.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Springtime at The Azure Gate Bed and Breakfast - Part III Nesting



We have a pair of Great Horned Owls that have taken over a Cooper's Hawk nest high in one of our Aleppo Pines. It is difficult to get a good view of the nest and what is in the nest since it is 60-70 feet off the ground with pine needs everywhere.

Hopefully, we will see some owlets before too long.

First, the female on the nest:


Great Horned Owl Female
 The male has two favorite spots about 20 feet below the nest:

Great Horned Owl Male Favorite Spot #1

Great Horned Owl Male Favorite Spot #2

Monday, April 22, 2019

Springtime at The Azure Gate Bed and Breakfast - Part II, Nesting




We have several hummingbird nests. In the first photo an Anna's Hummingbird is gathering cotton to line her nest.

In the second photo a fledgling Anna's chick.


Female Anna's Hummingbird

Fledgling Anna's Hummingbird

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Springtime at The Azure Gate Bed and Breakfast - Part I Nesting



Verdins are nesting. They like palo verde trees because they hold the nests in place and offer additional protection because of their long thorns.

Here is a male Verdin bringing food to the nesting chicks.

Verdin





Friday, April 19, 2019

Favorite Wildlife Photos from 2018 - XXXI



And last in my series of Favorite Photos of 2018 is a Wild Turkey who seemed to want me to see how beautiful he was. What a show-off.

Wild Turkey

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Favorite Wildlife Photos from 2018 - XXX



Continuing my series on Favorite Wildlife Photos of 2018 we come to the all too common White Tailed Deer. Nonetheless, I couldn't help taken a photo:

White Tailed Deer -- Young Buck

Monday, April 15, 2019

Favorite Wildlife Photos from 2018 - XXIX



Next up a White Fronted Goose. I was used to seeing White Fronted Geese frequently when living in the northwest. However, much to my surprise a White Fronted Goose has been living in Tucson at Lakeside Park, for the past year:


White Fronted Goose

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Favorite Wildlife Photos from 2018 - XXVIII



White Faced Ibis is up next.


White Faced Ibis taken at Lake Cochise near Willcox, AZ

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Favorite Wildlife Photos from 2018 - XXVII



Next up on my series of favorite Wildlife Photos of 2018 is a beautiful little Verdin photographed here at The Azure Gate Bed and Breakfast.

Verdin

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Favorite Wildlife Photos from 2018 - XXVI



Here we have a couple of Turkey Vulture photos I really liked (both taken atop Mount Lemmon):

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Favorite Wildlife Photos from 2018 - XXV



Next up a rare bird to Southern Arizona, the Tricolored Heron. Usually restricted to the Atlantic coastline from Virginia around Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. It is also found along the Gulf of California in Mexico. But for some reason every couple of years one shows up at a Golf Course Pond in Tucson. Such was the case in 2018:

Tricolored Heron

Friday, April 5, 2019

Favorite Wildlife Photos of 2018 - XXIV



Next up a Spotted Towhee from Mount Lemmon:



Spotted Towhee

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Favorite Wildlife Photos of 2018 - XXIII




Continuing with my favorite wildlife photos from 2018 we come to a Snowy Egret found at Sweetwater Wetlands:



Snowy Egret