This roadrunner has been hanging around. The bugs like to be wherever the cool air escapes from our swamp cooler, and he waits patiently to dine…
Lately, we’ve been leaving a little water out for all of the neighboring wildlife during this extreme heat time.
Here’s a glimpse of a Golden Eagle through our kitchen window. We’ve seen a pair with a juvenile, but it’s so hard to get a decent shot.
Besides the eagles, we see javalina every day with two young babies. We’ve even had a deer, it’s wild kingdom out here! – Ben
Saw my familiar Western Diamondback neighbor who I’ve named “Buddy” yesterday. Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of snakes, this one is fairly non-aggressive, and we’re lucky to see him once or twice a year. He’ll often leave tracks that criss-cross the ranch between the house and the garden area. Yesterday, he was stealthily hidden at the bottom of our palm tree in front.
I know, I know, leaving a potentially deadly snake to roam nearby is probably foolish. I’ve dispatched more than a few, and relocated a couple, but I’ve read that they don’t do well if moved more than a few miles, or otherwise will just return to their territory. Certainly, the highly aggressive (and particularly lethal) Mohave Green rattlesnakes are not good to have around at all.
In defense of Buddy, he does eat pack rats, mice, and ground squirrels that we help propagate by giving water to all of the above and much more. This morning at our little water spot we saw three Golden Eagles (a pair with their young eaglet,) and maybe Buddy in some small way helps to keep the balance that we’ve upset by creating an oasis where none existed before.
If the time comes, we have several guys here at Stagecoach Trails that are expert at preserving snakeskin, so Buddy will live on in posterity.
After a little while, he moved off over to a Juniper further from the house and left us a nice little trail to see, so we knew that he had gone. It’s more of an event to encounter him, but as I always say, “Watch where you put your hands and your feet.”
Saw this guy on my morning errands…
One of 22 species of Horned Toads
We don’t often see the Gila Monsters here, but they sure are pretty. Don’t touch, they’re venomous! (Fortunately, they aren’t very agressive.)
Spotted this guy out and about; he surprised me on the way back from the garden to the house. I was close then, but didn’t have the camera with me. Did manage to catch a shot before he disappeared under a bush.
Out and about, looked to be about three foot. Take it easy, watch where you put your hands and your feet. The good weather brings out our rodent eating friends. Pretty, but deadly!
Lately, we’ve had a visiting Golden Eagle. They really are striking, and often mistaken for the slight smaller red-tailed hawk. The flash of white seen in flight lets you know that it’s an eagle.
Well, after leaving the hose on to help water the pine tree, we’ve had quite a show here as all day long visitors come to our real oasis in the desert. We’ve even had multiple visits from as many as 6 javalina.
It’s quite hot here today, already 106 degrees at 11:30 am. We’ll probably try to keep these guys happy for a little while longer, but being on solar, our water is power meaning that we need to run pumps more etc. to keep the flow flowing. We may have to back off a little on the happy oasis.
Meanwhile, we’re quite comfortable in the house as the swamp cooler is doing a marvelous job, and we were all the way down to 68 degrees at dawn.