Ash-throated Tlycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Back-lit Ash-throated Flycatcher

We have had numerous flycatchers around the property here in Arizona.  They are beautiful birds, but hard to differentiate as the different species look very similar.  This guy made it easy by landing and hanging out on a nearby ocotillo.

Female Cardinal

Female Northern Cardinal.

Female Northern Cardinal.

This female Northern Cardinal has become a regular visitor the last couple of days.

Western Tanager

Western Tanager

Western Tanager

It was awesome to have this colorful visitor to our Arizona property yesterday – Western Tanager is beautiful!  Having blooming Ironwood for a perch, and blooming palo verde for a background was a nice bonus!

Saguaro Wildflowers

Saguaro flowers

Saguaro flowers.

The crown of wildflowers on the tops of the saguaro cactus are looking great right now!

Arizona Sunset

Saguaros at sunset, Arizona.

Saguaros at sunset, Arizona.

Looking across our new property during a recent sunset.

Gila Monster

Gila Monster

Gila Monster.

I have always wanted to see one of these huge, poisonous lizards, and finally got my wish yesterday.  Their name seems appropriate.  This one was heading across our campsite driveway towards Janine who was outside reading – neither aware of the other.  I’m glad I came along.  :)

While we were out running this morning Janine spotted another one – a bit smaller then this guy was was about a foot long.

Gila Woodpecker Nest

Gila woodpecker, Tortolita Mountains, Arizona.

Gila woodpecker, Tortolita Mountains, Arizona.

We have a pair of gila woodpeckers nesting in the saguaro next to our trailer!  They have been fun to watch.

It has been a busy week, but we have our RV on our remote land in Arizona, and have been working on attracting birds and wildlife.  We already have a great variety of birds, and have seen a gray fox not too far from our land!

Sea Lion Greeting

Sea lion, Alaska Sealife Center, Seward, Alaska.

Sea lion, Alaska Sealife Center, Seward, Alaska.

A big sea lion greeting!