Friday, July 31, 2020
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Monday, July 27, 2020
Saturday, July 25, 2020
The Chestnut-sided Warbler is a rare bird to Southern Arizona. It's normal range is east of the Missouri/Mississippi River. In Southern Arizona it is reported every couple of years somewhere along or near the Santa Cruz River. This photo was taken in December, 2019, at Christopher Columbus Lake which is less than 100 yards from the Santa Cruz.
Friday, July 24, 2020
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Monday, July 20, 2020
Sunday, July 19, 2020
Saturday, July 18, 2020
While still under "stay at home" orders, and having completed the series on Wildlife of The Azure Gate, I thought a new series on Rare Birds to Southern Arizona might be fun.
So here (in alphabetical order) are photos I've taken over the past 18 years of Rare Birds to Southern Arizona:
|Black and White Warbler taken at Sweetwater Wetlands|
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Sunday, July 12, 2020
Peruvian Cactus produce lovely blossoms. Like Prickly Pear Cactus they grow like weeds. They have a tall unbranched column which reaches about 3 or 4 feet and then falls over. Within a few weeks lots of new columns begin all along the column that fell. The blossoms are quite large -- 6 or 7 inches. They bloom at night and don't last more than a few hours of daylight.
Here are some photos from today:
Saturday, July 11, 2020
Continuing with recent photos taken at The Azure Gate Bed and Breakfast. We typically see snakes during the spring and summer so now is the time.
The first two are the most frequently seen snakes here at The Azure Gate:
|Western Diamondback Rattlesnake|
Here are two we don't see quite as often:
|Sonoran Gopher Snake|
|Sonoran Shovel-nose Snake|
Thursday, July 9, 2020
As many of you know, we have had to close temporarily for travelers due to the pandemic. We have had some members of our family here, including our two grandchildren for a few days. And while we are "staying at home" as per the guidelines, it doesn't mean we aren't seeing wildlife.
In the past 24 hours we've seen: a Bobcat, 5 Mule Deer, 4 Javelinas, a Coyote, a Desert Kingsnake, 2 Jackrabbits, a Tarantula, many lizards and birds, including a Roadrunner and our resident Cooper's Hawk that is sitting in one of our bird baths as I type this.
Now on to Today's Post:
Our most frequent hawk is the Cooper's Hawk seen on a daily basis. Every few days a Sharp-shinned Hawk drops by for a drink and/or meal.
Here are a couple of Sharp-shinned photos taken since the pandemic began in March.
|Juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk|
|Adult Sharp-shinned Hawk|
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Over the 18 years we have lived and operated The Azure Gate Bed and Breakfast I have taken a great many photos here. Sometimes I get so focused on the "wildlife" that I forget to take a photo of its natural beauty.
Here are a couple of recent landscape photos:
|Saguaro just at dusk with Moon and Star|