Ornate Tree Lizards also used to be much more common, but today I find one that is fascinated by a bunch of male Leaf-cutter Bees dancing around a tree hole where virgin females must be ready to emerge.
|Red Tail Hawks and Common Ravens|
|Red Tail Hawk Chicks 2016|
We are very lucky to have these hawks here: they have been using 2 nests in neighboring saguaros at least since 2010. The female is such a rare dark morph that she is easily and individually recognizable. She has raised 2 or three chicks to the fledgling stage every spring. For months afterwards we can even follow the young hawks around while their activity radius grows wider and wider.
I'm heading for some blooming Cat-claw Acacias now but the dogs are getting adamant: they are hot and thirsty and hide in the shade whenever I stop. So soon we had back for the bathtub on our patio.