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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Glowing Cholla

I love the way the sun makes the Cholla glow.



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Landscape Project Day 3

Boulders added along the path to divert water during a monsoon down pour so the gravel doesn't end up in the driveway.



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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Londo in his carrier

I put the cat carrier out so that the kitties don't always associate it with a nasty trip to the vet. Londo is snoozing in it. Every time Micro walks near it she hisses at the cat inside. Goofy cat.



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Sharp-shinned hawk on the balcony

A sharpie on the catio.



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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Eurasian Collared Dove

Saw a Eurasian Collared Dove at a rest stop on I-10 outside of Phoenix. This was a first sighting for me!



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Monday, October 19, 2015

Vermilion Flycatcher

It's probably been since May when I last took a short walk at lunch. I always look for the Vermilion flycatcher and sure enough he was waiting for me!



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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Gulf Fritillary butterfly

Gulf Fritillary butterfly spotted near the gate of my neighborhood. The neighbors probably wonder why I'm lurking around down there and they're too busy to stop to see what I see!



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Sun on Jumping Cholla



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Saturday, October 10, 2015

White-crowned sparrow arrives for the winter

The bats have left, but the white-crowned sparrow has arrived. Both mark the onset of fall in the Sonoran desert.



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Sunset



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Pine Grosbeaks

More first time visitors to the Ayers Bird Migratory Bed and Breakfast. I first saw a male and female Pine Grosbeak in the yard on October 3. One week later, they're still here. The male looks a lot like a house finch, but his larger size and wing bar gave him away. The female was easier to ID. With lots of hackberries in the yard right now, they have lots of food they'd enjoy!



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Friday, October 9, 2015

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Hackberry Emperor butterfly

I saw several of these butterflies eating from the overripe fruit of the prickly pear cactus.



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Fatal Metalmark butterfly

Not the sharpest photo but I'm fairly confident I've ID'd this correctly.



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Texan Crescent butterfly

Distinctive shape of forewing indented below tip.



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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Yellow Warbler

Yellow warbler passing through. I love that Southeast AZ is along a riparian migratory pathway!



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