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Friday, December 3, 2021

Arroyo Redux

Willow and Frio on the east/west cross trail
While driving along Tobosa on our way to Tellbrook this morning I spotted a coyote that slipped into someone's driveway.  Neither Willow nor Frio saw the critter.

About two-thirds of the way up Left Branch Arroyo I saw a critter stealthily making its way through the underbrush not far from us, but the Heelers didn't spot it; my first impression was "javelina."  Never got a good look at the animal, and never saw it again.

With the exception of a Crissal Thrasher doing its best impression of a mockingbird and a few sparrows and Cactus Wrens we encountered no other desert dwellers on our rewarding trek today.

Crissal Thrasher

Tiny Soaptree Yucca

Way up Left Branch Arroyo

Cactus Wren on a distant Torrey Yucca

Creosote fuzz balls (aka "seeds")

Unknown bird in an adolescent Torrey Yucca

Torrey Yucca sabers

Frio and Willow at rest in Right Branch Arroyo




Hedgehog Cactus and Prickly Pear

Prickly Pear and Hedgehog

Deadwood at the head of Right Branch Arroyo


1 comment:

Dr. K said...

That Crissal Thrasher has a very impressive beak.

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