|Photo by Marty Horowitz 10/23/2012|
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Posted by Sabino Canyon Blogger at 1:09 PM
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
|Photos by Matt Ball 10/10/12|
We took my "oldest" friend (i.e., friend I've known the longest - 31+ years) to the ASDM when she was visiting recently (from Michigan), and had perfect timing. The trainers were working with this 5-month-old barn owl in preparation for the Raptor Free Flight and let us stay to watch. This owl seemed reluctant to fly over us while we were standing, so we crouched down and waited. He zoomed about 2 inches from my friend's head! Very cool!
Posted by Sabino Canyon Blogger at 2:02 PM
Monday, October 29, 2012
|Photo by Matt Ball 10/23/2012|
Hummingbird banding is over for this year, and soon the feeders in the canyon will be taken down. Fortunately for those birds who stay year round, (not only are there plenty of feeders in the area, but also) there are sources of nectar in these aptly-named Hummingbird Trumpets (Epilobium canum ssp. latifolium). Page 129 in Mountain Wildflowers of Southern Arizona by Frank S. Rose. If you don't already have this great book, pick it up at the Desert Museum, the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center bookstore, online, wherever you can! You'll be glad you did.
Posted by Sabino Canyon Blogger at 1:01 PM
Sunday, October 28, 2012
|Photos by Marty Horowitz, 10/24/2012|
|His best side|
Text from Mark Hengesbaugh:
We have got to change this white-patched Phainopepla's nickname from "Luke," for leucistic to "Pal," for Partial Albino. It turns out we've been using the wrong term, no question. See Sibley, Field Guide Western NA intro p. 13. In Partial Albino [phainopeplas], some of the feathers are pure white. In leucistic [phainopeplas], normal patterns are visible but all plumage is paler than normal, usually pale creamy brown. (paraphrasing).
So, it's "welcome back Pal." This is at least the 3rd year in a row he's come back to his territory near the corral.And here's the evidence - in black and white!
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Posted by Sabino Canyon Blogger at 2:55 PM
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
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Sunday, October 14, 2012
|Photo by Marty Horowitz 10/11/12|
Marty assures me that this photo is unaltered. What a sight! Marty writes:
[T]hese are Giant Swallowtails, which have a single tail on each hind wing. However the first and second butterflies are each missing one of their tails, likely due to attacks by birds, demonstrating how their design lets them sacrifice a non-essential piece of themselves in order to survive, not unlike a lizard tail (but butterfly "tails" don't regenerate).
Posted by Sabino Canyon Blogger at 8:02 AM
Saturday, October 13, 2012
|Photo by Ned Harris 10/02/2012|
Canyon Treefrog taking a potty break. Note the great camouflage.
|Photo by Marty Horowitz|
Gopher Snake taking a road trip.
|Photo by Matt Ball 10/6/2012|
A tiny Ornate Tree Lizard in the hand is worth not stepping on.
I don't recommend trying to catch lizards, but I needed to move this little one from a dangerous spot in my yard. Looked like s/he was playing dead, then scampered away in a hurry.
Posted by Sabino Canyon Blogger at 8:42 AM
Friday, October 12, 2012
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
|Photo by Lyn Hart 10/01/2012|
Taking her lunch break at the picnic tables by the visitor center, Lyn saw this Zebra-tailed Lizard hanging out. Didn't look too comfortable. She freed this little one and s/he scurried off. Lucky after all.
Be sure to check out Lyn's condor tapestry. Guess whose photo she used as the model?
Posted by Sabino Canyon Blogger at 3:16 PM
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
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Friday, October 5, 2012
|Photo by Matt Ball 9/22/2012|
This is most likely the nest of a Cactus Wren; and it's definitely in a Teddybear Cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii). These chollas generally grow on the hillsides and reproduce asexually; a piece will fall off (or get caught on a hiking animal) and take root. Teddybear Chollas in the same area are usually clones.
Posted by Sabino Canyon Blogger at 2:35 PM
Thursday, October 4, 2012
|Photo by Ned Harris 9/17/2012|