Every environment offers it's own special wildlife visitors. On this page, I want to show you what's going on here in the deserts of Arizona.
The Fox and the Coyote
This fox near the fire hydrant has been around all day. He's probably out
looking for some dog food left outside. About ten minutes before this picture I
saw him dodge across the street very fast. His tail was straight back, firm as
if it were pointing. Seconds later a big male coyote or wolf chased after him
as fast as a lion across the street. The fox seemed trapped as he ran up to a
six foot block wall. He jumped over the wall like he was stepping over a
pebble, grabbing the cinder with his sharp claws. The coyote stopped the chase
frustrated turned and looked at me as if to say, " did you see that"?
Wild kingdom Arizona.
This place still amazes me at times.
May 17th 2014: This time of year here in Arizona the quails eggs are starting to hatch and a new generation of baby birds are trotting behind their parents on the deserts streets. Today a group of ten chicks lead by there parents decided to cross the very hot asphalt street in front of me. It was around 105° out so the street must have been about 130° or so. Cute as could be, these birds don't like to fly. They tend to run like little dinosaurs following each other . I took these picture's of... four of the birds whom couldn't jump the curb to follow their parents into the desert. One stayed on that side of the street to find a spot in which he could get up to join his parents. The other three dodged across the traffic to get to the other shorter desert curb in which they came from. They joined some other quails so they should be fine but the smallest one that crossed couldn't get up the curb. I saw him and felt so bad I banged a u-turn and went to try to help. As I approached the baby bird he rolled on his back under the shadow of my truck and wouldn't move. I had to laugh. I got down on my knees with a card and I scooped the baby up. I brought him to the other quails as he jumped off the card, seemingly as happy as could be. I turned around and my supervisor was right there watching me. I'm not sure if he witnessed what had just happened. He didn't say a word and i don't know if he would even understand my compassion for life of these innocent creatures. Oh well, I guess I'll find out on Monday.
April 10th 2014 The owls back. His wing span has grown over the winter months and now looks to be 3 plus feet. Soooo cool. He flew right over me and my small dog. He was probably looking to take my dog for dinner.
This friendly snow bird duck found my un-cleaned pool a great place to take a break from flying and enjoy a morning swim.
My dog looked at this duck then me and walked away. She had no desire to jump in the pool with the duck.
This duck didn't care about us either. She finished her swim and later flew away leaving a small gift in the pool for me to clean and put on the compost pile.