|Arizona Gray Squirrel|
|Mountain Pygmy Owl|
It's rather fun. My challenge? To keep my birding skills sharp as a knife. But the other challenge? To capture something truly amazing in that one moment. It's one thing to take a pic of a bird; it's another to capture it doing something interesting.
The bird life was incredible. How long have I lived here and never known about this obscure place? Well, it's on my radar now. Mission accomplished....in both senses of the word "mission":) As I fine tune my Pima County birding, I'm also getting a sense that the regular Pima County birders are doing the same. We have spread a net over our area and I'm liking the team work going on. Before it was 2 or 3 birders finding rarities. Now, it's more like 10 or 12 excellent birders covering the area.
And quickly from the Tucson garden. Ever notice white fuzzy spots on your Prickly Pear Cactus? If the answer is yes, you're hosting the cochineal bug, a scale insect. While watering my garden this weekend, I noticed that the scale had gotten out of control.
So I took the hose and washed off my cactus pads. People have asked me if the scale is bad for their cactus. Most years, it doesn't present a problem but for some reason, this year it has been bad. We had a wet winter but it was followed by a super hot and dry spring....which allowed for the scale to grow! And it was doing damage. So I took the hose to it.
|Cochineal Bug...notice the yellow coloring. Not good.|
Last but not least. Warblers. This year has been a sensational year for so many warblers in the state of Arizona. The year isn't over but look who has come to visit over the past several months. Las Aventuras will continue the search this summer.
Until next time.....