Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Birds, Butterflies, Plants, Lizards, and Spiders at Sabino Canyon Today

It was time for another Ned's Nature Walk today. The group was large and we split into three parts. Our main guide was Fred.  What follows are my best pictures of the day.

Early on we saw a Western Bluebird 

The Phainopeplas were also in abundance.
 
Then there was a very nice house finch
 
And we think this was an Anna's hummingbird

Fred had names for most of the butterflies but I remember only the Queen, which is the orangish one with spots on the wings. Most of them are quite small and tough to get a shot of as they don't stay put very long.







 

I believe he called this a Desert Cucumber Vine

 
And finally the creepy crawlies

Cool shot of the Common Side-blotched Lizard
And then a Funnel Web Spider waiting down at the bottom of his web for a meal.


There were also some lovely streaky clouds tailing away over the Rincons.  We are getting quite addicted to these morning walks.  Hope to see you again soon.


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