Desert Tortoise

By May spring wildflowers have crisped into mere scaffoldings for seeds.  Underfoot the soil is loose and the air itself feels bone dry.  Out hiking, I descend into a dip in the Desert Classic Trail, a place where cyclists speed down and pedal madly up again. I’m startled to see a Desert Tortoise come lurchingContinue reading “Desert Tortoise”

Whose Finch?

Naming a bird House seems wrong.  And because it’s a commonplace urban bird, the House Finch might seem a little boring.  But consider House Finch social life.  The rather plain female keeps her colorful mate very occupied with making her happy.  At breeding season, she assesses potential partners and looks approvingly on males with theContinue reading “Whose Finch?”

Saguaro and White-Winged Dove

Here’s how a cactus and bird join up to help each other out. White-winged Doves fly to the Sonoran Desert from Southern Mexico every April.  They arrive just as the creamy blossoms of the Saguaro cactus are breaking open, releasing their sweet fragrance.  The doves replenish themselves with Saguaro nectar containing water, sugar and protein.Continue reading “Saguaro and White-Winged Dove”