Brewer’s Sparrow

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. Sparrows fascinate me. They exemplify how evolution works. The various species have evolved to fill every conceivable ecological niche. There are desert dwellers, grassland specialists, woodland sparrows, and sparrows that prefer to

Clark’s Spiny Lizard

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. A couple of times over the past few months I’ve featured images of Desert Spiny Lizards, members of a species that is ubiquitous in our area. Today, I’m posting images of its

Juvenile Ferruginous Hawk

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. The other day I photographed a juvenile Ferruginous Hawk as it perched by the side of a dirt farm road. I had several reasons to be very pleased when I encountered and

P:aper Wasps — At Work And At Home

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. First, a quick note: a sharp-eyed reader advised me that yesterday’s butterfly is not a Painted Lady, but is in fact a similar looking Princess Leila. I stand corrected. Now, to today’s

Painted Lady

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. The adage that you cannot judge a book by its cover is certainly true when it comes to some species of butterflies. There are butterflies whose outer wings are relatively drab. However,

Swainson’s Hawks — Two From The Migration

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. The Swainson’s Hawk autumn migration, which appeared to start a bit early this year in mid-August, is now in full swing. Flocks of hundreds of these beautiful raptors are now passing through

Gulf Fritillary — Beautiful In Any Light

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. Today I’m featuring images of Gulf Fritillary butterflies, among the showiest of butterfly species that we see in southern Arizona. Gulf Fritillaries have a big range in our hemisphere. They show up

Swallows — In Migration

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. Today, I’m posting another in a series of posts about birds that are passing through southern Arizona in their fall migration. I was driving on a farm road a few days ago

Buttonbush and Butterflies

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. Common Buttonbush is a moisture-loving shrub that grows wild in the western United States. There are a few places in the lower reaches of Sabino Canyon where one may find this plant

Flame Skimmer — Males

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. In yesterday’s post I featured a couple of images of a female Flame Skimmer Dragonfly, an insect that I described as subtly beautiful. I promised that in my next post I’d feature

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