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Streaming ‘Mountain View’ Camera!

We have added streaming wildlife cameras for you to view, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week!

Our ‘Mountain View’ Camera looks out at our Main Pollinator Garden, with Samaniego Ridge of the Santa Catalina Mountains as a backdrop. Within the view, you’ll see homemade-suet in a feeder on the left. Cardinals, Pyrrhuloxias, Ladder-backed Woodpeckers, Western Scrub-jays, Curve-billed thrashers, Abert’s Towhees as well as hummingbirds are frequently seen while viewing our camera. We keep the suet full in the morning and refill throughout the day. The evening feed happens about an hour and a half before sunset, and, often quail and many other birds are feeding on the ground. The raccoons return nightly to empty whatever is left in the feeder.

At sunset, we often zoom the camera to showcase the color on the mountainside, as the area descends into darkness. After sunset, the camera is returned to full view to enjoy the nighttime creatures.

Volume and FULL SCREEN button are found by hovering your mouse/trackpad over the video’s lower right corner.

Activity!

So much happening… This female Round-tailed Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus tereticaudus) is blind in one eye. She has learned there is no threat, turning her blind side, while keeping her other side towards real danger. Always speaking softly to her, so she knows of my presence, she goes about her life, eating the fruit of a Gray Thorn (Zizyphus obtusifolia).  The Rock Squirrels (Spermophilus variegatus) were quite flirtatious, displaying and courting. Yesterday morning was crazy…mule deer pronking in front meadow when we were all surprised by each other…few minutes later, I stepped out of the door to leave the house and hear an insane buzz, know what it is-BEE SWARM…look and… Continue Reading

CHANGES!

Where to start…long absence from the blog DOES NOT imply long absence from activity. Wildlife continues to frequent our place, with birds nesting, fledging, migrating, lizards emerging…Wild Outdoor World of Arizona! New prints to compliment the new walls and windows have been professionally printed. Unfortunately, we are going to have to re-order quite a few of these, as B&B guests quickly ‘snapped’ them up for their walls! Speaking of new, we have upgraded our ‘portals to the great outdoors’ and created a new winter/inclement weather ‘Wildlife Viewing Area’. Already a preferred place for sipping tea in the early morning or watching the sunset over Samaniego Ridge.  Our ‘Breakfast Nook’ has… Continue Reading

Visitors/Food/Riding

The last weeks/months have been a blur. We’ve been absorbed with working in the garden, but, with frost and cold temperatures (to us), more time is now available for guests, cooking, nature-watching and riding!   Our place is open to many cyclists, as we are trailside, and, can provide a great rest stop and refueling area.    The green lawn has browned, days have shortened, the last shuttles have been run on CDO and we’ve started riding at night, again.  CDO (Cañada del Oro) is an excellent ride from the top of Mt. Lemmon down to the back door! We shuttle to the top, then ride trails 23 miles to… Continue Reading

Brown Thrasher Plus Others!

The bi-monthly Tucson Audubon Society trips tp our location  have helped to expand our yard list. We submit our findings to e-bird.org, as WOW Arizona B&B is listed as a birding hotspot. Saturday, November 21, we added another significant bird to the list as trip attendee Jan Allen spotted AND photographed a Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum), a first for our place! I returned to the grounds and have sighted the bird each day since, and, got a good photo of it resting in the hackberry tree.  Our two Broad-tailed Hummingbirds continue their presence, as well. They are here throughout the day and many visitors have enjoyed seeing them with the… Continue Reading

RARE Winter Bird!

A Broad-tailed Hummingbird continues to stay with us, despite all of the restof its kind migrating to Mexico almost two months ago   We have been photo-documenting the presence since mid-October. As recently as November 15, we still had two individuals here. Life has gotten in the way of looking for the birds being a priority, but, today should afford a bit of time for gazing.    Nights have been cold! Below freezing temperatures have put us into ‘Operation No Freeze’ mode. Every night there is risk of freeze, we bring the feeders onto the house an hour after dark. They are returned to their respective spots an hour before daylight… Continue Reading

where are the Muffins?

     We hosted Desert Rivers Audubon Society for a ‘Breakfast with the Hummingbirds’ morning.      A full breakfast on the patios was served, incuding Southwestern Srambled Eggs (eggs with green chiles, garlic, onion, peppers), bacon, Crispy Oven-baked Spiced Red Potatoes, Homemade Blueberry Muffins, a and beautiful variety fruit plate.    Beverage choices included coffee, tea, fruit juices, iced water, and RAZMOSAS (our version of Mimosas- Raspberry artisanal wine, club soda and orange juice).     They WERE DELICIOUS!  Comments included “…fabulous breakfast!”                                                       “…offered a great… Continue Reading

‘One Spot’ Viewing

With most of the bats having migrated this week, servicing the 33 hummingbird feeders takes less time and early mornings now allow time to watch life from the Upper Hummingbird Patio. Sitting with tea in hand, the light was such that a camera was necessary. (ALL photos from the next hour save the final one.) There wasn’t any hurry, so sipping tea allowed time to observe. Many small birds were moving to the ‘birdbath’ area and the Hackberry/Mesquite Trees above it. Climbing to the top of the Upper H-bird Patio wall allowed a view and excellent angle on activities. Color was abundant, in many shades and hues. Seed eating birds,… Continue Reading

Private Groups/ 2nd T.A.S. Visit!

Quite the busy week, with private groups on Sunday and Tuesday. Great guests from Madison Wisconsin Audubon Society. thanks to Jim and his friends for visiting. On October 1, we were fortunate to have another enthusiastic group of guests from Tucson Audubon Society, led by guides Bob & Prudy Bowers. Many more species of birds were seen in comparison to the vist of just a few days past. Here’s Bob’s synopsis of the visit: “We had another nice group of folks join us this morning for an outing at Wild Outdoor World in Catalina.  The aggressive Cooper’s Hawk from last Saturday’s trip was occupied elsewhere, so more birds were documented… Continue Reading

Blur…

The pace of life around here is crazy. Our friends Art and Ellen have been coming to ride for years. Now, they made the plunge and got their own little slice of heaven in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Now, every time I ride up RollerCoaster, I glance over my left shoulder and grin. I can see their house from there!   While they were here, we benefited not only from their excellent company but also from their strength and knowledge. Our great friends Pat & Pete Kollar gave WOW Arizona the gift of a wonderful fountain. Only drawback was the hundreds of pounds of weight. With Art… Continue Reading


Graceful reintroduction of mankind into his environment