Category Archives: wildlife

Delphinium (Delphinium sp)

I have beautiful wild Delphiniums that I have not identified yet. Several NM species have no photographs. If any of you recognize this one, let me know. Most are gorgeous purple, but a light version showed up too. The foliage … Continue reading

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Variable Skink (Plestiodon multivirgatus epipleurotis))

This morning I uncovered a Variable Skink nest. I emailed a photo to the New Mexico Herpetological Society for verification. Fast action because I already got a response correcting my first guess. This isn’t one of the regular lizards that … Continue reading

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Cheat Grass (Bromus tectorum)

Cheat Grass is an alien invader that is now in all 50 states.  I have my share. It grows about a foot tall here, and is out competing wildflowers on the northwest corner of my property. As any member of … Continue reading

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Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)

I went outside to sit and enjoy the early evening and listened to a nesting call of a Eurasian Collared Dove.  As far as I know, they are new to my food forest. Because they are not native and are … Continue reading

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Wildlife, Desert Cottontail (Sylvilagus audubonii)

I see these Desert Cottontail all the time, I saw a hawk snatch one up right from my cabin-in-dreaming site.  This morning I headed out to dig more gravel for pathways, I startled a Cottontail digging a burrow.  Missed the … Continue reading

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Rescue, Blue Elderberry (Sambucus nigra L. spp. cerulea)

Although my Blue Elderberries survived winter on the cold and windy northeast corner, the one farthest out has not sprouted any spring growth. Still alive, but it may be too stressed to get through a hot summer. I know, I … Continue reading

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Edible Caterpillar, Pandora Pinemoth (Coloradia pandora)

A caterpillar fell on my head while I was photographing lichen growing on a Pinyon Pine.  This is my hick from the sticks version of excitement.  Bears and Puma and Rattlesnakes are rated on the scream and run scale. This … Continue reading

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