Gray Fox

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Gray Fox.

Gray Fox.

We had a new visitor to our bird feeders yesterday, and this one is really exciting!  The gray fox is such an elusive desert animal that is usually only active at night.  Until this trip, I had only seen one, at sunset in Red Rock Canyon near Vegas.  This guy drank from my water drip, ate some bird seeds off the ground, and spent a lot of time watching the nearby birds, but didn’t go after any.  Maybe he will grab on of the many squirrels raiding our feeders.  🙂

Ash-throated Flycatcher

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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.

Western Tanager

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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!

Gila Monster

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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.