My hummingbird feeder has been completely drained (of at least two cups of sugar water) at night for the past week. [I have plenty of hummingbird visitors (although fewer than last year), but I knew they wouldn't be feeding through the night.] I had a short list of possible suspects and last night I did a stake out. Alas, I don't have the necessary camera equipment to i.d. individuals, but I'm sure it looked something like this!
Still shots here; Movie here. Both links from Beth at fireflyforest.net
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Before and After
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Monday, September 27, 2010
Orange flowers for Susan
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Friday, September 24, 2010
Update on AZ Walnut
|Anne (left), Arizona Walnut 9/22/10|
|Anne next to Giant Reed 9/22/10 (No, she didn't shrink.)|
Photos by Carol Tornow
See the tree? It's tall. See the reed? It's taller.
You'll note that the Arizona Walnut has grown a lot since the first post. The giant reed has grown, too. (The reed in this area previously completely blocked the sun from our little AZ Walnut.) The battle to reclaim Sabino Canyon's riparian area is not over. In order to meet the goal of complete eradication of giant reed by 2012, we must be persistent. Because you care about the canyon, please take a moment today to: 1) thank the Forest Service for their role in the fight against Arundo donax (aka giant reed), and 2) to stress the importance of continuing the regular herbicide applications, by sending Angela Elam (point person for the Coronado District on the Sabino Arundo eradication project) an email: aelam at fs dot fed dot us
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Thursday, September 23, 2010
Bruce's well-trained cutter ants
|Cutter Ant Trail, 9/23/10|
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Today in snakes
|Coachwhip, photo by Carol Tornow|
Cloudy skies this morning didn't stop Carol T from snake spotting, but they did stop this normally-too-fast-to-photograph coachwhip, who remained motionless throughout the photo session. Carol and I ran into Marge K and Angie P on the way out of the canyon and told them about our sighting. They later saw this gopher snake waiting for breakfast by a ground-squirrel-sized hole. Thanks to Carol and Angie for sharing the photographs.
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010
I'd like the checkered version, please!
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Sunday, September 19, 2010
Another morning glory - easily identified
|Trans-Pecos Morning glory|
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Saturday, September 18, 2010
It's a bean (eventually)
|Slimjim Bean aka Slender Stem Bean Phaseolus filiformis|
CORRECTION 9/28/11 This is Tepary Bean (Phaseolus acutifolius var. tenuifolius)
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Friday, September 17, 2010
Maybe we should call it Coyote Canyon
|Photos by Ellen Green, 9/15/10|
We were on the Bear Canyon side of the world, coming home from a running event at dusk. There were two coyotes in this 'pack', but this one stood still long enough to show her beauty.
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Thursday, September 16, 2010
Bruce spots a monster!
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Monday, September 13, 2010
|Wild cotton aka Desert cotton|
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Sunday, September 12, 2010
|Pringle's Clustervine - Jacquemontia pringlei|
|Put your smile on!|
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Saturday, September 11, 2010
Skimmer and Hopper
|Filigree Skimmer (dragonfly)|
|Grasshopper looking over a prickly pear fruit. Yum.|
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Friday, September 10, 2010
Mornings are glorious!
It's time for a blue-purple morning glory lesson. Why? Because I now know how to tell them apart - most of the time anyway - and soon you will, too! We begin by looking at the leaves.
|Ivyleaf Morning Glory Ipomoea Hederacea|
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Thursday, September 9, 2010
|It was a beautiful morning in the canyon.....|
|Anne captures another pop bottle! |
We picked up a lot of trash, including at least 7 diapers. Yes, diapers.
|And we ran into Bruce, who had clearly eaten his wolfberries, err... Wheaties.|
Please join us in canyon beautification by picking up trash wherever you see it. (All photos by Carol Tornow)
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Dam, Devil's Claw, Tracks
|Dam, 9/8/10, c. 7am|
|Devil's claw, near the 'entrance' to the riparian area, same side as the bathroom.|
|Raccoon tracks, on the dirt 'road' leading to the dam|
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Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Look low and look early!
|Dwarf White Honeysuckle|
This photo was taken this morning at about 6.30am (as Matt walked the road with me, taking photos of everything I pointed out). We were by the entrance to the bluff trail,on the left hand side as you come down the hill. This tiny plant is delicately beautiful. Long-tubed white flowers open in the evening and fall off (yes, entirely) in the morning. Also known as Longflower Tube Tongue, I just like (and will remember) the honeysuckle name better.
|A bit closer|
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Monday, September 6, 2010
Look, but don't touch!
|Rouge Plant aka Bloodberry|
(photo by Matt Ball, 9/5/10)
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Sunday, September 5, 2010
How to distinguish a wolf from a hack (berry, that is)
|Correct, this is Hackberry. Above it, Wolfberry.|
|Update 1/14/11: Wolfberry: redder, edible|
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Saturday, September 4, 2010
|Canyon tree frog - male|
|Canyon tree frog - female|
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Thursday, September 2, 2010
One you should know!
|Arizona Foldwing (dicliptera resupinata)|
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