Sunday, August 30, 2009

Natures Bounty on Mt. Lemmon

It was really kinda of warm on the mountain today but we were determined to get out and see what it had to offer in the way of wildlife and to get a little exercise in the process.
This is a rather ragged Spicebush Swallowtail that happened by while we were having lunch.
We saw approximately a dozen different Turkey Vultures, all of them soaring, looking for carrion.
This is a female Rufous Hummingbird which is a migrating species that breeds in the Northwest USA and winters in Mexico. We have seen quite a few of these including several that are hanging around our feeders at our home in Tucson. They have been at the house for 3 weeks and don't seem to be in a hurry to move on to their final wintering spot.
This is a very delicate looking flower that is prevelent along the roadways and paths on the mountain. It is Penstemon barbatus or Beardlip.
I don't have any idea about this one but I loved the colors and thought you would like to see it even if I didn't identify it.

This Cooper's Hawk was perched along the road over looking a vast canyon in search of food.

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