Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Gates Pass on a Ninja

I took the Ninja out through Gates Pass and Saguaro National Park for some "mental health" exercise. As I rounded the bend to go through the pass, I realized that I was the only one on the road. I opened up the throttle and leaned into the curves... :-)

Hiked Brown Mountain Trail

Where: Tucson, AZ

Trail: Brown Mountain Trail in Tucson Mountain Park in the Tucson Mountains (where else?) west of Tucson. (Panorama View)

When: September 30, 2009

Weather: Bright and sunny with some puffer clouds and a bit of a breeze. Temperatures in the mid-90s.

Birds of note: One cactus wren.

Trail notes: It was a quiet day. Not many birds or animals--especially the two-legged ones--to be seen.

One Saguaro had a blossom on it which is very odd for this time of year.

View of the Tucson Mountains from Brown Mountain.

View of a dust storm in front of the Roskruge Mountains as seen from the top of Brown Mountain. These "younger" Saguaro will be living long after I'm gone.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Evening Cardinal

Every evening my male cardinal makes one last stop at the fountain for a drink. There have been a few days that I stopped myself from turning it off in the waning sunset because I hadn't seen him yet. That's when I'd sit on the patio and sure enough, he'd arrive for one last sip or two. I snapped his picture this evening.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Green-tailed Towhee

I saw a my first Green-tailed towhee this evening. Actually, I heard it first, and since I didn't recognize his call, it caught my attention. He was scratching around in the ground litter under the orange tree and then hopped up on the back wall so I got a good look at him (or her).

They don't summer in Tucson so clearly it's here for the winter. That's one of the things that's great about living in the southwest--you see MORE (different types) birds in winter than summer.