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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


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

Breakfast Tea Patio Shots

Early morning was steamy, with beautiful colored light ever-changing  as the clouds bustled through the sky. I got these photos while seated on the patio with a cup of tea. The Rufous Hummingbirds (Selaphorus rufus)have returned, by the hour, it seems their numbers increased. A few mature males, several females and a lot of juveniles, like this one…   Broad-billed Hummingbirds (Cynanthus latirostris)are here in HUGE numbers, a recent Tucson Audubon Guide remarked she had NEVER seen so many in one spot!   The Cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis) are some of the earliest to sing and hung around until the storm clouds started to build. There was a bit of ‘displayed… Continue Reading

Watch Your Step!

Bucket of seed in hand, I approached our two empty seed feeders, right by the suet feeder that I had filled not five minutes earlier. I looked down and my thoughts were, “Ah! Poor little bird. I was just here. Did you just drop dead off of the feeder?” Out loud, I heard myself say, “Oh! Wait! There’s a snake attached to you.” CJ heard me, rushed over and excitedly announced, “That’s a new one”. I let CJ have the pleasure of completing the night’s feed.     Continue Reading

Sleepy Kitty

Our bobcats have gotten incredibly comfortable, around here. Ms. Bobcat has three offspring still with her. The littlest guy naps near me, quite often. Today, the birds alerted me, I went outside with a camera and he just walked by and climbed under the junipers. Continue Reading


Snake action from the gardens! Last night, the ‘Evening Feed’ for the birds was much more interesting than usual. Four rattlesnakes in one small area… …one being a new individual! No name, yet… …but, I love the eyebrows… This is ‘Sazusa’… …in one of her favorite spots. Cheech was just inches away. Cartman had just eaten an adolescent quail and was curled under the salvia, in one of his favorite spots. You could just catch a glimpse. We’ve had a lot of other snake species, too. On Saturday, I got these shots of a Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer). It was cruising through the grass… and seemed to following a scent… Continue Reading

Summer Color, Monsoon Soon…

Monsoon will be soon, you can feel it in the energy that is renewed in the gardens. Lobellia is spreading into a magenta shaggy carpet surrounding half of the little pond. There were multiple fresh Queen Butterflies, gently swaying the flowers in the calm of the morning. Continue Reading

Cheech’ll Eat Ya’

Cheech, the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox) was on the move, in that familiar, “I killed a bird and it is right around here” mode. This drama has been played in front of us numerous times, but it always amazes. It only took fifteen minutes to finish the Mourning Dove. Note how the snake braces against it’s own body to allow resistive force for completing swallowing the bird. As soon as consuming this bird was finished, the snake moved right over to another preferred hunting spot, and resumed ‘stealth mode’ under a salvia greggii. There are, consistently, four individual snakes that have been here for over a month. Three ‘old… Continue Reading

Graceful reintroduction of mankind into his environment