|Western Screech-Owl near my work site|
|A pack of Javelina or Collared Peccary cross a pumpkin patch to get to a river|
|This brillaint Lillian's Eastern Meadowlark is a favorite of mine|
|The Round-tailed Ground Squirrel peaks up from a hole to make sure it's safe to search for food|
Work has taken up much of my time allowing me to bird once or twice a week.
It has been a wonderful time connecting with birders. Just sitting on a bench and helping a visitor ID a new bird or a difficult sparrow. There is nothing new anymore here in Arizona except for the personal connections I make with birders and their love for birds. It makes me smile. The more I do this; the more I realize I'm beginning to fill in vacant roles that were once filled by birders who are no longer with us. In a way, it's a very sobering thought.
|The subtle beauty of a Lincoln's Sparrow|
|A Common Raven comes in for a sip of water|
|A Pied-billed Grebe hunts for larvae in the murky water|
|A wonderful and shocking surprise in my garden, the Canyon Tree Frog, sits on top of my Mexican pots. Where did it come from? I never touch that part of my garden. Has it lived in the soil of that pot for a long time?|
|A Botta's Pocket Gopher comes up to grab a bite of grass|
There are goals to be achieved for sure during this important year of 2020. We'll meet up with Nancy and her sister for a wonderful hummingbird hunt in March. We'll explore new birding hotspot, the Canoa Ranch and do a Hawk Watch in March with Tucson Audubon. We'll also visit the garden at El Presidio as I add several new native plants to our property. Then our friend Dr. Steve from Wales comes in April to chase Arizona lifers. Our Tucson Audubon Big Day will be some time in April/May as we, the Wrenegades, try to find as many bird species as we can in one day. And there are so many more things that will happen. But for now, I'm birding at my own pace. I'm sleeping in during the mornings as much as I can. I'm still a birder but a much more relaxed one now. Until next time.....