|Desert Mariposa Lily|
|Microtia dymas or Tiny Checkerspot|
|Black-throated Gray Warbler|
|Top of Mt. Ord|
|Magill calling AAA. The catch? AAA doesn't cover dirt roads. Of course.|
I hadn't planned on studying swallows and their nest sites, but I did:) Below are two swallow species found in Arizona. Both nest differently. The Cliff Swallows create mud huts over water while the Violet-green Swallows live at higher altitudes nesting within tree cavities.
And FINALLY! This past week at my job, I've been able to monitor our nesting Great Horned Owls. They began hanging out on the rim of the baskets which is a very good sign. My guess is that they are no longer in the basket. Well, the weaker one might still be there. There's always the one that lingers. Two are pretty bold and the third is a yawny follower:) Both owl parents have been near them during this transition period. For the next several weeks, they will develop their leg strength as they learn to eat their prey and climb trees. During the last part of May and beginning part of June, they will begin to fly.
So there you have it! It has been a pretty amazing week full of fun treks.
The next several weeks will prove to be challenging and exciting as we get into migration more. I'd like to once again acknowledge Doug Taron and Margarette Brummermann for helping me out with the bug ID's.
For more from other birders and their friends, check out Hootin' Anni's Chronicles and Wild Bird Wednesday. Until next time....