Monday, November 12, 2018

Rotary Park, Lake Havasu City

The wind has been blowing pretty briskly here the last few days, limiting I birding adventures. I was able to get to Rotary Park a couple of mornings for some rewarding birding. My camera is having episodes if not focusing so I have been limited in the pics I get. Some of the few I got were of an Inca dove.

This bird is half the size of Mourning doves so if you can spot one it stands out! You will notice the feathers have a scale type pattern! This next pic is a Ladder-backed Woodpecker.

The name is obviously from the ladder like striping on its back! Rotary Park has many great features like a butterfly garden where I got an awesome pic of a Monarch butterfly with a Queen butterfly right below it!

I love the contrasting colors and patterns between the two! I hope my camera will hang in there until I can purchase a new camera. Choices for electronic devices are limited in this area.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Back in Arizona at Craggy Wash!

I left Lake Mead and Boulder Beach campground behind early this very morning as to get ahead of a the high winds due later in the day. I am now at Craggy Wash where I have stayed several times on last years trip!

There are no facilities but you can stay for up to 14 days free of charge and Lake Havasu City is just a few miles away and has everything you could need! Not as many campers here as last year. While at Boulder Beach, I was able to visit the Henderson Bird Viewing preserve several times, Corn Creek NWR and Clark County Wetlands. Lots of birds to see at those locations! Dawn, Rich and I made several night hikes at Boulder Beach. One night we documented a Common Poorwill. The last ebird sighting, of this species, was recorded in 1999! I am staying indoors this afternoon as the winds are gusting and bird viewing would be limited. I will head to Rotary Park tomorrow morning!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Night treasures at Lake Mead, Boulder Beach campground!

Went for a night hike last night here at Boulder Beach. I hoping to find some of the same creatures as at Pahranagat but alas none of those were found! What I did find was this fellow!

He was all curled up under a prickly shrub so I rescued him and placed him safely in my nice snug billfold! I turned him loose today at Walmart to continue his travels! If I am lucky, I may find he has friends out there that need rescuing too!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Halloween Spiders!

In my blog, a couple days ago, I mentioned going on night hikes. Last night I tried to capture a few pics of spiders that showed their glowing eyes. Out of dozens of pics I gout a few that are not too bad!

These spiders are only a couple inches across but even the littlest ones eyes shine bright. You can spot them up to 15 feet away but the only thing that you see are the eyes! I used the flash to lighted these enough to show they were spiders. Sometimes they are peeking out from under a leaf or a rock! Creepy and cool at that same time!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Pahranagat Moths and Butterflies

Those of you who follow my blog know that birds, although my main focus, are not the only creatures I enjoy! There are a number of insects here and I have been able to get pics of a few. First is a Red Admiral butterfly.

This next one is a Painted Lady butterfly.

This next one is a Monarch butterfly.

Finally is a cluster of Great Oak Dagger moths. They are not much to look at from the top but the underside of their wings is a dark orange!

I have seen other butterflies but getting pics is a challenge. Hopefully I will capture more to share in the coming days.

Night Hiking at Pahranagat NWR

Dawn and Rich have introduced me to night hiking! They supplied me with a bright LED headlamp and out we went. We saw a Great Horned Owl, a Northern Saw-whet Owl and a Common Poorwill. Taking night pics is a challenge but I did get a great Poorwill one!

As you can see it really blends well with its surroundings! The poorwill and the saw-whet owl were life birds for me bringing the total of life birds seen at this location to 4 as during the day time I saw Pectoral Sandpipers and a Lapland Larkspur.

We also saw a skunk, kangaroo rats, an unknown small dark weasel like creature and lots of spiders! The spiders eyes shine like blue diamonds! Their eyes give away even the smallest ones.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

More from Pahranagat NWR

Great birding and nature walks here at Pahranagat. Captured a beautiful Moonset this morning. The full moon really stood out as the sun rose on the opposite horizon!

Besides birds, I have seen White-tailed deer,

Western Pipistrelli bats and carp and catfish swimming in the lake!

I was lucky enough to be able to watch this bat land after flying over the lake! I am here with my friends Dawn and Rich. Last night we sat watching the sun set and noticed a Prairie Falcon chasing bats. It caught one and landed in a tree above us to consume it! To see my latest bird list with a number of pics, click here: Pahranagat ebird list

Rotary Park, Lake Havasu City

The wind has been blowing pretty briskly here the last few days, limiting I birding adventures. I was able to get to Rotary Park a couple of...