Pez

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Allow me to indulge in sharing a fun visitor we had.  Meet Pez.

I first noticed Pez, this tiny little baby bunny in our front yard about 6am.  I checked on her periodically through the day, and she barely left the comfort of this rock overhang.

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What an absolute cutie.  I fed her a little carrot shavings and a lid with water.  When I approached near her, she ran under the rock overhang – good girl!

Last I checked on her in the daylight was 6pm.  She hadn’t moved for 12 hours!

By morning, I’m happy to report she was gone, never to be seen again.

I’m sure mamma came and picked her up.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

I was delighted to have her for the day, but equally glad for her to re-united with her mom.  Thanks for the visit, Pez, you made my day.  Come back and visit any time – but don’t eat my flowers!

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Javelina sighting

It’s not very often we see javelina.  They are more of a mainstay in Phoenix area and southern AZ, in warmer climates than they are in Northern AZ.

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But we got our first glimpse of these unusual beasts.  Officially known as collared peccary, they are similar to wild boar.

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Javelina are prey to mountain lions, bobcats, and coyotes.  As such they are pretty skittish and aware of all sounds and smells around them, particularly as they are known for their poor eyesight.

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This small herd of 5 we encountered appeared to be 2 adults and 3 young (perhaps less than a year old).

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We’re always happy to see animals, no matter what they are… the more ‘exotic’ the more exciting, especially if I manage to get a photo.

SNOW!!!

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We set a record for snow this week!  Single day snow of 35″.  That brings our estimated total this year (since Jan 1) to 90″!  We are LOVING it.  Particularly, after our recent fire, we can sure use the precipitation.  Wooohoo.

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It snowed an inch an hour for from 8am Thurs to 8am Fri.. and then some.  It was a sight to see… and very happy we were here to see it.

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Snowy faces all around!

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Check out more pix here….. https://kritterspix.com/2019/02/23/snow-elk/

 

 

Eagle Fest

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It’s that time of the year when the eagles are nesting, breeding generally in January / February.  Pinetop / Lakeside in Northern AZ hosts an Eagle Fest hosted by the Arizona Game and Fish for an educational experience to learn about the eagles, their habitat, behaviors, and a field trip to see the eagles ‘in action’.

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Female bald eagles lay between 1 – 3 eggs, with only a 35 day incubation period.  The fledgling(s) only stays in the nest for 45 days before being kicked out to fend for itself.

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The juvenile bald eagles, or eaglets are born a light gray and turn brown in color.  It isn’t until they are 4 – 5 years old that the iconic white head and tail feathers appear.  Bald eagles can live to be 35 years old or more.

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Our field trip was at Rainbow Lake, in Lakeside, AZ.  It was fascinating to watch all the waterfowl ‘walking on the water’ as the ice melted on the lake.

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We watched mergansers catch fish and chase each other around to try to steal the fish from one another.

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That is… until the bald eagle got hungry and dive bombed the mergansers to make their catch their own.

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Just goes to show… the bigger bird gets the worm, er… fish.

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Snow Burn

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My sister tells me she enjoys my blog and hasn’t seen a post in awhile… so I guess I have been remise.  Hi, Karen 🙂

So we went out to our burn area behind our house to take some photos of the burn area in the recent snow fall.

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Our singed trees are loving the snow and the soaking water it yields.  While many trees won’t come back… some will.

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We’ve gotten probably 24″ since Christmas all together, so it has been very welcome precipitation for our forest.  The snow has slowly melted in, giving the ground it’s much needed moisture.  We’ll take all we can get.  Bring it on.. and bring more!

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A Whoosh and a Tale

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We got about 8 inches of snow out of this last storm.  I am loving the beautiful fresh fallen snow on the trees.. and this sweet deer taking it all in.

Then… in a Whoosh, 1/100th of a second later, to be exact.  From right behind the tree came quite a surprise to me… and this lucky deer.

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OMG!  What the HECK was THAT?!?!

In a flash, this mountain lion thought he had dinner.   But in just a matter of minutes, he was back empty-pawed.

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Dejected and hungry, he left the scene of the near miss, not to be seen again.

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The deer have since been back… but are a lot more cautious and alert.

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It was the first mountain lion I have EVER seen in the wild.  I felt so fortunate to get a shot of it.  As it was… I was looking through my viewfinder when it happened…. and it was over in less than a blink of an eye.  Life happens quickly, it pays to know your path and be prepared.

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Bison are back

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Back in the mid to late 1800’s over 60 million bison roamed the plains.  From North Dakota to Arizona herds were plentiful and prolific.

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Until they weren’t.  Hunters decimated much of the herds.  In fact, it was in large part ‘how the West was won’, as hunters kill Native American Indian’s food source.  With only some 23 bison left, concerned citizens the likes of Theodore Roosevelt and the Bronx Zoo, among others isolated the remaining bison to prohibit their extinction.

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Today, bison are being re-introduced and bred under the watchful eye of Game and Fish Departments, National Wildlife Federation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and private organizations across the country.  Today’s bison are carefully monitored for disease and genealogy to assure healthy, robust, diverse herds.

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It’s a real treat to see them grazing on the Plains and to appreciate and observe these large historic animals.

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For more bison pix, see my post here … https://kritterspix.com/2018/11/05/they-are-not-buffalo/