The excitement just never ends in the Thomas Animal Sanctuary (my backyard). Thought I'd seen every part of the desert food chain over the last few years - big fat desert spiny lizards, roadrunners trying to eat the spiny lizards, cottontail rabbits, owls stalking the rabbits, rock squirrels, and the occasional hawk swooping down to eat the squirrels .
Arizona Herpetological Association for advice and was told King Snakes are great to have in your garden, are non-venomous, feed on rodents and snakes, and are immune to rattlesnake venom. So we cut him loose from all the netting and he's still here, just waiting for a frog to hop by.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Check out this amazing YouTube video of a "Raven" defending his airspace. Country of origin for bird and video is unknown, but bird looks like a Hooded Crow, not a Raven. Click HERE to go to YouTube, or click on video below.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
Its mid-June and our resident Goldfinches are still building nests. The pictured nesting material is available at Wild Birds Unlimited. DON'T use dryer lint! Stay tuned for baby Lesser Goldfinches!
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
McDowell Mountain Park - Owl’s Eye View
Date: 6/19/2010 Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 (1 hour lecture followed by a 1.5 hour hike) How much do you know about Owls? Learn all about the strategies these animals employ that make them such successful predators. After the program, stick around for an owl prowl at the Nursery Tank! Go on the Owl Prowl with Ranger Amy - a moonlit hike to experience the desert like an owl. Look for owls and enjoy the cooler night air. Meet at the Nursery Tank Trailhead. This night walk is less than 2 miles total in length, and is on flat terrain on a wheelchair accessible trail.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
After being absent from our yards during March and April, the Lovebirds seem to have returned. I wonder if they had a better food source in the spring months and didn't need to come to the feeders. Or were they off to more remote locations to nest and fledge their young?
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