|Zebra butterfly at Desert Botanical Garden's
Butterfly Pavilion, March 30th 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011
We are only 1 week into spring and tomorrow's forecast is 97 degrees! Ahh, don't you just love Arizona?! Last month our plants froze, and next month we'll be frying eggs on the sidewalk. So get out and enjoy the weather before your tires melt into the asphalt - see my blog's SPRING EVENTS page. There's alot going on - wildflower walks, butterfly walks, learn your lizards hikes, and more. Check it out!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
At first it looked like a quaint little spring scenario at Desert Botanical Garden's Monday morning bird walk - two cute little Verdin sharing space with an adorable Round-tailed Ground Squirrel...
But the Verdin weren't in any mood for sharing.
Our lovely little pair turned into kamikazes, repeatedly dive-bombing the squirrel.
|Verdin coming in for a head-butt!
|Our poor squirrel got biffed, ouch!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
|Northern Shoveler unimpressed by Avocets in their breeding plumage.
|Kathe Anderson marks out the boundaries of our Big Sit.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Three Star Owl - Functional and sculptural clay work with a natural history.
I don’t consider myself a wildlife artist, but an observer
who takes notes in clay. - Allison Shock
I just can't get enough of Allison Shock's blog and her beautiful creations in clay. And I'm not sure which I like more - the Blog or the Creations. I love them both. Here are some of my favorite categories at the Three Star Owl Blog:
Spot the Bird - http://threestarowl.com/category/spot-the-bird
Allison's Field Trips - http://threestarowl.com/category/field-trips/page/2 I can feel like a world traveler without ever leaving the house!
Cool Bugs - http://threestarowl.com/category/cool-bug
Mostly cool, but also grosses me out, yet I keep going back for more... what's wrong with me?
Its time for me to stop oggling and to start buying - so I'm trying to catch up with Allison. Her next 2 gigs include -
Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival - Cottonwood Arizona, 28 Apr – 1 May 2011, in Dead Horse Ranch State Park. AKA “Birdy Verde” — come have fun under the Big Top!
Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival, Sierra Vista AZ, 3 – 7 Aug 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Things are really hoppin now at DBG, as warblers and other migrants start to appear. This Monday morning's bird walk, led by birder extraordinaire Diana Herron, was filled with surprises. I saw my first Lincoln's Sparrow in the wildflower garden, and Phainopepla were popping up here and there. We caught glimpses of a Brown Thrasher near the closed Herb Garden, then suffered Warbler's-neck craning our heads upward to see the various Warblers high in the cottonwood trees, had a Green Heron pose nicely for us in a tree over the pond, saw flashes of bright yellow and black as a Bullock's Oriole whizzed by, then a Pyrrhuloxia showed up on the Terrace as we compiled our bird lists!
To keep up on what is being seen this spring at Desert Botanical Garden - see the new DBG - Birdwalks website by William and Diana Herron. You'll find complete lists of birds seen on the DBG Saturday and Monday Morning Birdwalks. There's a lot of other great info there too - on bird books, binoculars, and even some advice on how to make it onto the list of best-dressed-birders. Be sure to read the Birding Etiquette page. As the excitement of spring-time birding builds, we could all use a few reminders on birdwalk protocol. The URL for DBG Birdwalks Website : https://sites.google.com/site/dbgbirdwalks/home
For some great bird photos see Jeff Stemshorn's work at Birds in the Garden 2011 on Facebook!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
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