Today, we’ll step away from the birds, and look at some other desert creatures that seem to thrive in this ever-changing, and sometimes rather hostile environment.
We hear them pretty much daily, and sometimes get a glimpse. The leave their scat around the ranch from time to time.
We leave them alone, but the local ranchers here treat them as pests. They do love your pets, so it’s best to be wary. Coyotes are sneaky, they’ll send one to lure your dog, while four more are waiting to trap and corner them. Watch out!
They seem to be fat and happy in the moist years, but scrawny in the drier years, as one would expect. This year, I imagine they are quite happy, as we’re seeing an abundance of rabbits.
Speaking of rabbits, they really are prolific this year. They’re cute and cuddly when they’re little, but soon they’re eating everything.
The snakes, coyotes, bobcats & Mountain Lions all eat them.
We have a variety here, including some of the deadly kind.
There’s a lot more, but time is short today, so we’ll leave it at that for now.
Here, where the Grand Mohave Desert meets the blue skies of the Sonoran desert, we find abundant plant life that lives together in a unique ecosystem that has characteristics of three deserts: Mohave, Sonoran, and Great Basin (in Nevada and north.)
We’ll talk about plant life and perhaps consult with our resident botanist, Jan Emming in a later post. Today, it’s all about the birds.
Besides an abundance of resident birds which include quail, jays, sparrows, and even orioles, we have infrequent visits by migrating warblers. Ever elusive, it’s hard to get a good picture, but you can sure hear them sing.
It’s the time of year when out here on the ranch we start paying close attention to where we’re putting our feet.
It’s with good reason, as the desert has a host of things that want to bite or sting you, so it’s best to take heed.
A frequent visitor is the Western Diamondback. Usually not a super aggressive snake, you sure don’t want to step on one.
Years ago, I walked down to the garden first thing. On the way back not a few minutes later, in that morning reverie one can have before the coffee kicks in, I came less than 6 inches from stepping on a four footer. I was definitely awake after that, and so was the snake.
We’re blessed with abundant wildlife at Stagecoach Trails. We have coyotes, javelina, bobcats, mountain lions (closer to the mountains,) deer, fox, and a million quail.
I’ve seen a lion only once, but coyotes are almost daily, and the quail will come excitedly whenever we’ve been away for a few days. They want us to top off the three bird feeders that we have hung from a Joshua Tree out front.
Today we’ll spotlight the bobcats. (More pictures if you click “more” below.)