Tag Archives: Ecology

Red-Tailed Hawk

redtailhawkThis fellow is the most common hawk in my area. I’ve taken this picture today, one-half mile from my home in Buckeye, AZ.

The weather is dark and gloomy . . . been raining all day. I’m pretty sure the prey is all hiding, and that this guy is depressed and hungry.  Perhaps the hunting will be better tomorrow.

Recently, I wanted to get out into the Arizona desert to see different kinds of animals. I considered joining a hiking club. When I accompanied them on a wilderness hike, I stopped to identify “that plant” and later, “those birds.” After awhile, the group waived a polite goodbye, “Can’t wait! See ya down at the trail’s end.”

Fortunately, I’ve found two groups that share similar ideals and tendencies to stop and smell the roses.

Arizona Field Ornithologists (birding)
http://www.azfo.org/

Sonoran Audubon Society
http://sonoranaudubon.org/

Now, I’m learning the bird species in my area. I can’t wait to share the picture of my Red-Tailed friend.

Writing a New Book

Mesquite in the sunLiving on acreage in the middle of nowhere sometimes leaves me out of touch with the modern world.

For example, during a recent planning meeting for an event, the facilitator turned out the lights and began a computer presentation on some sort of digital board. I’ve never seen this contraption before. At one point, I attempted to help the instructor erase the chalkboard. (No kidding!)

I’ve never felt completely at ease with the year in which I was born. Surely, I should have lived during some prior time—some earlier generation, or even century.

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