Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Baby Cooper's Hawks

A friend shared this with me.  She lives about 15 minutes away but is more rural.

"A research team from the U of A visited on Friday to check on the status of our nesting Cooper's Hawks. A trip up the pine tree revealed 4 hatchlings, just 10 days old. Too young to band, they were temporarily removed from the nest via enclosed "elevator", measured, weighed and returned. Parents swooped unhappily about near by. Very cool!"

The "Elevator" showing two of the four chicks.

Parent, keeping a....Hawk's eye on things.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Colorful Houses

Went driving around the University of Arizona neighborhoods the other day with a friend who is doing some major landscape renovations and wanted to get ideas.  Here is one house that caught our eyes.

Lots of interesting things done to older houses in some of these early neighborhoods.  It was lots of fun and we took tons of pictures.  More metal sculptures too, of course.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Wildlife on the Ranch (part II)

Here area few more of the metal sculptures.  (see prior blog for part I).

Hope everyone survived the Rattlessssssnake encounter.  Actually, I have spent a lot of time in wilderness and ranch areas in Southern Arizona and have only encountered a rattlesnake on two occasions...both of which when I was in a vehicle and Mr. Snake was crossing the road as fast as he could go.

We do have our working dogs (those who will be out in the fields) snakeproofed so they will avoid any snake.  That's a subject for another blog.

Cowboy, Cowgirl and Horse with a sign saying, "Welcome to the Ranch".

Family of Javelinas
                                                                     Quail in a tree.
                                                           Peacock with Yucca Stalk         

"What's with the Peacock?" did you say?  Well, that's another tale for another blog.                                                                                 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Wildlife on the Ranch

I head to my friend's small ranch almost every Wednesday morning for Sheep Herding practice with my Sheltie, Rooster.  I thought you might like to see some of the "Wildlife" to be found there.  It's easy to get pictures of them as they tend to stay in one place.    There's a jackrabbit (huge, a turkey buzzard, mule (must be wild), armadillo, ground squirrel.......and....gasp.....

And, of course.....

To be continued.......