Researchers recently discovered that the elaborate and vibrant peacock tail is not just a dazzling display, it can also emit low frequency infrasound when shaking. While human ears can’t pick up the rumbling other pea fowl can. Fascinating!
Archive for ‘Nature Notes’
Nandi, Star of Reid Park Zoo
Nandi celebrated her 6 month birthday this morning. She is such a happy, active young lady. She sure smiles a lot! Mom is always nearby in case Nandi runs into trouble. Dad, with the capped tusk, is mainly concerned with finding the treats that are hidden throughout their habitat. After a busy morning, which included a dust bath, Mom took Nandi to the back for her afternoon nap.
Cat in Tree
Cruz is a two-year old male mountain lion, residing at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. When he was about four months old he was found in a backyard in southern California, scared and emaciated. After California Game & Fish rescued him they knew he wouldn’t be able to fend for himself in the wild (he hadn’t learned any of the needed skills) so they started looking for a permanent home. Thankfully, ASDM had space available and Cruz came to Tucson.
Cruz was very lively today, I wonder if it was the lovely weather or a case of spring fever that riled him up?
Wildflowers for Valentine’s
The first poppy blooms of the season opened in my yard today – coincidence? I think not…
Four different poppy flowers and a globemallow for good measure.
01-13 It’s Finally Fall in Tucson
Beautiful fall colors, a rare treat here in the Sonoran Desert. Which means we are stuck deep in the throes of winter (with temps dipping well below 70 during the day – brrrr!) for another two whole months. Sigh. We’ll suffer through somehow…
New Year Surprise
This walked through my yard this morning. Only the second mule deer I’ve seen on the property in the 5+ years that I’ve lived here. I know it is a fuzzy shot but it was the best view of his head and rack. What a handsome animal!
Chilly This Morning
Ice on the birds’ water:
About half-inch thick:
Holiday Yard Decor
Glittery spider webs, red Desert Christmas Cactus fruits, colorful blooms, and star-shaped seed pods – my yard is ready for the holidays!
See more yard photos.