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Tucson 2011 monsoon light shows have not disappointed

What is the biggest cat you have ever seen on a saguaro cactus in Arizona?

Laughing Mountain Lion by SearchNetMedia
Mountain Lion, a photo by SearchNetMedia on Flickr.

Someone emailed me and asked if I had ever taken a photograph of a bobcat on a saguaro cactus. I never have. However, one local Arizona resident recently had that opportunity.

BOBCAT on a saguaro cactus – Fox News

Coincidentally, I was reviewing photos of local Tucson Photographers and came across of this recently uploaded photo by an Oracle Photographer (North of Tucson) that uploaded a photo by his friend (taken at Roosevelt Lake) of a:

MOUNTAIN LION on a saguaro cactus – click here

I have never seen either a bobcat or a mountain lion on a saguaro cactus. Incredible images by these photographers.

Arizona DPS Search and Rescue in Tucson

As temperatures increase, the need for water while hiking increases, and know that rattlesnakes are out. This Arizona DPS Search and Rescue helicopter landed near the Finger Rock Trail head today.

Winter storm passes through Tucson

Tucson Photographers were up early and on Finger Rock Trail, this morning, in the Catalina Mountains. It was beautiful in there after a snow storm passed through. The birds were singing away. Some of the birds spotted were Rock Wren, Orange-crowned Warbler, Lesser Goldfinch, American Kestral, Cooper’s Hawk, Phainopepla, Gila Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Pyrrhuloxia, Northern Cardinal, and more.

CLICK HERE for a SLIDESHOW of Finger Rock Trail this morning.

Finger Rock Trail – Originally uploaded by SearchNetMedia

Oracle, Arizona TOUR

  • Pull up a chair and take a TOUR of Oracle, Arizona –  CLICK HERE.

Birding Walk at Sweetwater Wetlands in Tucson on Jan 19th

There is a “Birding Walk at Sweetwater Wetlands” in Tucson.

Sweetwater Wetlands Park
2667 W. Sweetwater Drive
Tucson, Arizona

It will be a leisurely walk led by birding experts. Expect to see a variety of wintering sparrows, hawks, falcons and migrating warblers. Bring your binoculars. Ages 12 and up. Reservations required.

8-9:30 a.m. on Jan. 19th. Free. 615-7855.

Birders – Wings Over Willcox Birding and nature Festival is Jan. 12-16

Visit Cochise County – Willcox and Wings over Willcox for more information.

The great outdoors just minutes away in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve

If you are visiting Scottsdale, or it has been a while since you have been up to the McDowell Mountain Recreation Park, make sure to walk the Gateway Trail (off Thompson Peak Parkway) at Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. It is not a difficult walk/hike and you will get to experience the Sonoran Desert at its best. You can also bike and bring your dog (on a leash). There is an information center with clean bathrooms too.

McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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As the weather gets cooler, rattlesnakes may be out warming in the sun

So, be careful while hiking, walking, and with your pets.

Tucson Hiking


Rattlesnake

Originally uploaded by SearchNetMedia

Tucson Mountain going green from the monsoon rains

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