Found primarily in the Sonoran Desert, the Couch’s spadefoot is named for the elongated, sickle-shaped, horny tubercle on the underside of each rear foot, which it uses to dig itself into the ground. There it remains buried in the soil … Continue reading
This morning when I popped out of the dining room door I scared up a covey of 5 Gambel’s quail chicks and their chattering parents. I don’t usually expect to see them until well into May, so I was a … Continue reading
The bizarre-looking, slow-moving, plant-eating walking stick – among the most intriguing of the insects – has raised camouflage, mimicry and defense to a veritable art form. Through an adaptation called “crypsis,” it blends in so perfectly with its natural habitat … Continue reading
Our assistant extraordinaire Molly and the tallest wild sunflowers we have ever seen! One gallon starters the spring before last, they die back in the winter only to explode in the Spring and bloom again when Autumn rolls around.
While we leave most of them for the birds, we enjoy tasting the light, slightly sweet crunchiness of these amazing fruits!
We have had reports from several guest about an unusual looking visitor to our water bowl. The description fits. Here’s the lowdown~ The Coati is a raccoon-like omnivore, but is more slender and possesses a longer snout. It is a … Continue reading