The Azure Gate Bed & Breakfast

9351 E. Morrill Way, Tucson, Arizona 85749
Innkeeper(s): Dennis & Christine Widman

Birding Mount Lemmon Again and Again 30 Jun 2015, 9:02 pm

Some more photos from a quick trip up Mount Lemmon this morning:

Abert's Squirrel

Stellar Jay

Common Raven

Black Headed Grosbeak

Cliff Chipmunk

Red Tailed Hawk

Birding Mount Lemmon Again 28 Jun 2015, 7:43 pm

A quick trip early this morning up Mount Lemmon yielded some nice photos of some of the typical birds of Mount Lemmon. Nothing spectacular.

hermit thrush

spotted towhee

spotted towhee

western bluebird

yellow eyed junco

red faced warbler

red tailed hawk

Saguaro National Park - Great Horned Owls 26 Jun 2015, 6:00 am

For several years Great Horned Owls have nested in caves along the wash of the Homestead Trail in Saguaro National Park. Yesterday, Christine's brother and his family and I walked that one mile trail. And sure enough, there were the pair of Great Horns. They put on a nice show for us. Here are a few of the photos:

More from Mount Lemmon - II 25 Jun 2015, 6:12 am

It's always fun to find these little Cliff Chipmunks running around:

More from Mount Lemmon 24 Jun 2015, 6:09 am

Woodpecker's in the mountain forest:

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Red Shafted Northern Flicker

Birding Mount Lemmon 23 Jun 2015, 6:05 am

A trip up Mount Lemmon yesterday yielded some nice results:

House Wren Chick

Western Tanager Male

Hermit Thrush

Audubon's Yellow Rumped Warbler

Thirsty Bobcat at The Azure Gate B&B 22 Jun 2015, 11:58 am

Having five acres in the desert brings wonderful surprises from time to time. I had had a good day yesterday on Mount Lemmon photographing birds. Spent three and a half hours on Incinerator Ridge. I'll post the photos in the next couple of days.

But, in the meantime, as Christine and I settled down to watch a movie at about 7:00 pm last night a thirsty young male Bobcat came by. After a couple of minutes (yes minutes) drinking, he wandered off to the back of our property. 

Here is a sample of the photo series:

Empire Gulch, Las Cienegas, Southeast Arizona 18 Jun 2015, 7:49 am

On Tuesday, I headed over to Empire Gulch, Las Cienegas -- about a 45 minute drive from our B&B. I got a late start, and the fact that it was 110 degrees probably was the reason the birding wasn't quite so good. 

Unaffected by the heat, though, were the Black Tailed Prairie Dogs and Southwestern Fence Lizards. So I thought I'd show them off today:

Black Tailed Prairie Dog (note the black tip at the end of the tail)

Southwestern Fence Lizard

Something about the last photo that I really like; maybe the old fence post, the rusty barbed wire, or the "regal-ness" of the lizard on top of his post. Or maybe it's that it poses the lifelong question of "sitting on the fence" not knowing or unable to proceed. However, that's probably a little too deep for this blog.

Have a nice day.

Sweetwater Wetlands, Tucson, Arizona 16 Jun 2015, 10:01 am

Got up before dawn this morning to get to Sweetwater Wetlands at daybreak. Within five minutes I noticed out on one of the islands there was an animal. He was peeking his little head out from behind cover. Moments later he was out in the open where I could clearly see him. He never knew I was there. A Raccoon! Here are some photos:

Lakeside Park - Part V: Anna's Hummingbird 15 Jun 2015, 8:08 am

There usually are hummingbirds around Lakeside Park too. They seem to love the mesquite trees. Here an Anna's Hummingbird was catching flies:

Anna's Hummingbird with fly in sight.

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