Sunday, February 28, 2010
Buckskin Trail I spotted this Common Chuckwalla soaking up the morning sun. This is the third day in a row I have seen him. As a side note, today is the last day of February, which means Jeanette and I are finishing up our third month of our volunteer service here at Buckskin Mountain State Park. We weren’t sure we could stay put this long, but we are loving it!
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Chuckwalla, up to this point I have only seen the small Side-blotched Lizards. And then the event that confounded me for the rest of the day was when the two people who had lagged behind all the way, causing the whole group to wait up, opted to not take the loop back, but extend their hike. I guess one needs to expect the unexpected. Speaking of surprises, it’s supposed to rain today!
Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
This pair of Gadwalls seen this morning during our Bird Walk at Buckskin Mountain State Park points out that spring is really starting to get into full swing here on the Colorado River. Our group today also saw Double-crested Cormorants paired up, with the male displaying his double crests and a silly grin on his orange throat pouch. Earlier in the day I had seen a two great Egrets on that side of the river eyeing each other. Yesterday I saw a pair of Mallards mate after exchanging a couple of consenting nods, and today while innocently walking back to my motor home, I witnessed a pair of Eurasian Collared Doves on top of the camping cabanas share a couple of tender nibbles before he pummeled the heck out of her. Gawd, I’ve got to go take a cold shower!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge is only about ten minutes away from our site at Buckskin Mountain State Park, so it’s a quick easy trip to an interesting area to explore. Check out the Trip Journal for our latest adventure.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Today we got to see some Wild Burros. It was our day off and we took a driving tour of the Parker Dam Road Back Country Byway, which runs along the Westside of the Colorado River from Parker Dam to Earp California. I had to do some research to find out what Wild Burros were. I learned that they originated in Africa, and were brought to this continent by the Spanish in the 1500s. Here in the South West they have outlived the Spanish and early miners who used them as beasts of burden and now roam wild on public lands.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Jeanette and Buster made a surprise visit this morning to where I was working on the Interruption Point Trail. The most amazing thing is that Buster made all the correct turns at all of the junctions. Jeanette had no idea where I was working, but Buster, I guess going by scent, was able to make the right choice at three trail junctions to end up on the trail I was working on. I was very surprised when I glanced up to see him racing towards me.
Friday, February 5, 2010
The Nature Hike I lead on Friday mornings is usually centered on the plants of the desert here in the park, like various cactus, trees, and shrubs. But today we had a treat, just as we were climbing up the Lightning Bolt Trail, a Roadrunner was perched on an outcropping next to the trail sunning himself and doing his cuckoos. We see the bird hanging around the campground looking for handouts all the time, but this is the first time I have seen him out on the trail.
Today people on the hike were from Arizona, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, and Ontario Canada.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
On our day off on Tuesday we went hiking on the Ahamacave Trail just south of Parker. Like so many of our hikes in recent times, our hike turned out to be more of a birding trip. That’s not a bad thing; we get a lot of enjoyment out of searching out and identifying different birds. For more information on our trip check out the Trip Journal.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
A few of the record 14 people on the Bird Walk are shown here looking through the scope at a Phainopepla in a Mesquite tree.