Migration of the snowbird has been under way for several weeks now. We see evidence of this in some expected and unexpected ways. Obviously the traffic is lighter the lines in the grocery store is shorter.
With fewer people enjoying Tucson Mountian Park the animals are beginning to forage closer to Tucson Estates. During the winter months we rarely see many deer maybe only two or three at a time and then only occasionally. Recently three deer have been showing up on a regular basis and this morning they brought the whole heard. They graze on the buds of the cactus and other plants in the desert and they timidly get a drink of water from the neighbors fountain. And yet they are always ready to take flight to elude danger, no mater what.
For the Deer of Tucson Mountian Park danger comes in a variety of forms, they will bolt through the scrub at the sound of a human, the sent of a predator be it a coyote, bobcat or mt. lion. In a flash they are gone.
Suddenly the green of the desert is being interrupted by hues of white, red and yellow as the plants begin their annual bloom. First come the Ocotillo then the cactus begin the Prickly Pear, Stag-horn, and the mighty Saguaro. This should continue on until mid June.
Soon we’ll see baby birds some not much bigger than a ping pong ball all fuzzy and running in line behind the adults in the flock. I’m referring to the Gamble’s Quail these birds prefer to walk or run over flying and they are very social and busy bird. Watching these birds as the go about their daily routine can be very entertaining .
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