Here it is, the third of my posts about the days Denis and I spent in a cabin in Ramsey Canyon, just south of Sierra Vista, Arizona, and just north of the Mexican border. I've talked about the visiting mule deer and the curious wild turkeys, so this week I'm moving on to other critters that have fur or scales: Mexican gray squirrels, coatimundis, Sonoran Spotted Whiptail lizards, and Clark's Spiny lizards.
Let's take a look at the critters we saw from the comfort of the million-dollar deck we were renting!
|I only saw this squirrel twice. It spent almost all its time in the trees where it pitched twigs and other debris down on the deer from time to time...|
|...but it did come down to the ground once to race over to another tree. And now that I look at the photos closely, I think they're of two different squirrels.|
|On the other hand, the one I called the Blonde Bombshell didn't seem to give two hoots who saw it, ambling back and forth taking its time. She did keep her distance, though.|
|And there goes BB back in the other direction.|
|As much as BB walked along that log, I wouldn't be surprised if she thinks it's private property.|
|BB looks a bit frazzled in this photo. We were told that this pair had a baby, but we never had the opportunity to see it.|
|And there goes the mate, slinking down a tree.|
|This was a funny scene. The deer was standing where BB wanted to be. BB marched up, snarled at the deer, and the deer wasted no time in getting out of the way!|
|It must be cooler down in that crack. Being from Phoenix, I found it wonderfully cool sitting in my chair!|
|Saying goodbye. As you can see, most of the lizard's length is in its tail.|
|On a lazy Sunday afternoon, Denis and I were wondering if dead leaves could have St. Vitus Dance. Then my T. Rex Vision spotted a head sticking above the leaves. We had front row seats to an episode of Lizard Wars. Remember the wounded Desert Spiny Lizard I photographed at the Desert Botanical Garden? The same thing was going on here, only with its cousin, Clark's Spiny Lizard. This lizard seems to have a bite wound on its side, too. Talk about being deadly serious about defending territory!|
|One finally came out of the leaves to scuttle over to a tree. As you can see, its predominant color is blue.|
|Not the best photo in the world, but look at that blue throat!|
|This youngster thought it was safer to be in the tree at the edge of the deck. I always thought lizards were rather homely until I moved to Arizona. (But let's face it: some of them are homely no matter what!)|
I hope you're enjoying your visit to Ramsey Canyon. Just in case you missed previous episodes, here are Part One and Part Two. Next week, I'll be sharing photos of some of the feathered visitors to the cabin, the non-humming kind!