Desert Horses

Welcome to my horse blog, Desert Horses. We live in the desert southwest, near Palm Springs, CA, but board our horses up in our local mountains where it is cooler in the summer. I have 4 horses, all rescues. Here is the ranch up the mountains where the horses stay.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

My new friends

Well, I'm making new friends here at the cabin.  There are two cottontails who claim their territory around the cabins here.  There's a group of hummingbirds who are feeding and fighting over the feeder out in the back patio. There's a woodpecker who frequently lands in a pine tree right outside the dining room window.  There are a couple of ravens nearby who squawk and squawk.  And, this morning, I discovered a gray squirrel making the rounds!  Oh, and a family of hawks...momma and two youngsters.  I heard her cries and looked up in one of the pine trees to see her and her two young ones.  The youngsters flew away and only one came back and for HOURS she was terribly sad.  She's at it again.  I do hope the ornery thing returns!  Oh, and somewhere in the forest behind us, there's an owl!  I hopped in the car early this morning (6:30 a.m.) to go find deer and elk, but after traveling up and down the road for 5 miles each direction, I didn't see any.  Hubby said he would go with me tonight and be my "spotter", so we may see some later.  We went all the way down to Ft. Apache today.  It was HOT and DRY and we didn't stay long.  Note to self:  DO NOT go to Ft. Apache in August!  We've extended our stay here one more night because we are so enjoying the daytime and nighttime temps.  Here are some pics of my new friends... ***UPDATE*** I went to investigate momma hawk (yes, they are Cooper's Hawks...) and both youngsters were there.  AND, one of them had a mouse and was eating it!  So, all is well in "hawk land"!  Now, maybe I can take a nap?


Barb said...

Now they are my kind of friends! I do hope that little hawk comes home.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Wonderful new friends you've got. That's just the sort I'd choose to have, too.
Sounds like you don't want to come home....and I don't blame you. Ft. Apache in August sounds dreadful!

We're getting unseasonable cool weather for us here in New Mexico, this month. Temps have been staying below the mid 80's and at night, dropping down into the mid 50's. I've bee pulling on the blankets. Brr! I wonder if this is a sign that winter is coming earlier and is going to be harsher and colder than last year?