May 3rd, 2008

marci

Natural History Post

Tonight I took Mesa for a walk down a different road. Lo and behold I found the wildflowers that I recently posted that I had not found. There was spectacle pod and scorpion weed as well as a lone specimen of silver-leaf nightshade. Once again, that species didn't bloom until later last year. Upon returning from walkies I decided to mix myself a martini and just sit on the patio. Tonight would be classified as an ideal Spring day. The temp was in the mid 70's and there was just a slight breeze. As I sat there soaking up all of the beauty, I noticed a bird hopping around. I thought it was my old friend the canyon towhee, but something was not right. I grabbed my binoculars and took a closer look. It was not the canyon towhee but something similar. Checking my bird books I identified it as a green-tailed towhee. I was pretty excited! I have been living here for 9 years, and this was the first time I ever saw this particular bird. It hung around for quite a long time. In addition to him I saw black-chinned humingbirds, white-capped sparrows (they should be migrating shortly), finches, doves, sparrows, and one rather large hawk who must have been molting since he looked a little ratty.

I do love living here.