Desert Photo Retreat Update

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A bobcat at the waterhole from earlier this week.

A bobcat at the waterhole from earlier this week.

I have been really busy with projects and haven’t had a chance to use my real camera much, but that isn’t because of a lack of activity – actually it has been busy here!

The fox pair makes multiple visits each night – I was a bit worried a couple of nights ago after a nearby visit by a pack of coyotes, but you can see in the image below from this morning that they are alive and well!  The javelina are becoming more regular, and have two babies.  Plus, we even had our first bobcat of the season earlier this week!

Our humming bird feeders are busier than ever with at least one male guarding each of the 7 feeders and other challengers constantly flying in for a drink.  We mostly have costa’s, but also a few anna’s.

Not only do we have lots of birds we are getting a great variety!  I think we have added 7 new species in the past month, some exciting like the colorful spotted towhee.  By one of our feeders I see two cactus wren nests being constructed, in fact I was able to watch one pair hauling sticks into the heart of the cactus this morning – very cool!  We also have all the regulars such as the cardinals, black-throated sparrows, three species of wren, pyrrhuloxia, phainopepla, many gnatcatchers, towhees, thrashers and quail just to name a few.

Plus, maybe the biggest surprise – lots of wildflowers!  It is crazy early for them.  But, we have had two rain storms in just the last week, with another on the way, so it should stay good!

So if you want to check out the action, we recommend coming for the night – two is even better!  We are starting to fill up a bit, but there are plenty of open dates – take a look at the calendar for availability.  For much more information, check out:  Desert Photo Retreat

Two gray-fox from early this morning.

Two gray-fox from early this morning.

 

Look close and you will see two little ones. They have been by at last light the last two nights.

Look close and you will see two little ones. They have been by at last light the last two nights.

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