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Friday, November 4, 2022

Heelers Par Excellence

Soaptree Yuccas and Organ Mountains
We did our usual hike this morning, and, just as we did yesterday, we let Willow and Frio off lead as soon as we entered Middle Branch Arroyo.

They were extremely well behaved until we reached the stopping area just shy of the narrow, grass-lined path through Right Branch Arroyo; that's when Frio headed in the general direction of the spot where we had kicked up a jackrabbit several times in the recent past.  Willow bolted after him, but immediately returned when I whistled loudly.  Frio came back a second later, never really getting out of our sight.

Because of their attentive response we couldn't fault their behavior, though we continue to anticipate their need to pursue when they chance upon a fleeing rabbit or hare while loose.

Frio and Willow

Who's that on the yucca stalk?

Why it's Old Curved Bill

Hill west of the Organ Mountains

Haven't seen a Swainson's Hawk in quite a while

It was surprised to see us as well

Torrey Yucca and two Soaptrees

Ridge west of the Organs

Frio and Willow

 

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

Nice photos of the Curved-bill Thrasher.

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