While we were there a Pinacate Beetle showed up and made a beeline straight for a drop of water I'd spilled on the sand. Seeing its reaction I found a bit of yucca debris that had a shallow cup-shaped interior and poured some water into it. Placing the "cup" in front of the beetle I was astonished to see it climb inside and drink the water. Just an indication, I guess, of how severe our drought is these days.
On the way back to the upper flatland we had a close encounter of the 3rd kind with a Black-tailed Jackrabbit, and though both Frio and Willow spotted it neither dog made an attempt to pursue. Perhaps they're learning; or maybe they were just too darned hot to chase.
|Pinacate Beetle attracted to water I spilled|
|This & the next: Willow and Frio|
|Pyrrhuloxia, aka "Desert Cardinal"|
|This & the next 2: same Gambel's Quail in a mesquite|
|This and the next: deadwood in a Creosote Bush|
Great photos of the Quail and the Desert Cardinal. I'm glad you gave that beetle some water.
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