A run-in with a skunk

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Frequently while we are out delivering our newspapers, we see, hear and smell all kinds of wildlife. Last week, we posted about seeing a mule deer doe and her baby, we even posted a great picture of the two of them. Most of the time though, we are not so lucky to capture pictures of the creatures we see, which is the case of the skunk Al stumbled upon last night.

As mentioned above, we included smell and boy do we smell a lot of skunks while we are out. Everyone once and awhile we will see them from our cars but never face to face. That all changed last night! Al was delivering papers in a very large apartment complex and as she walked around a corner, there was a skunk standing in the middle of the sidewalk. EEEEKKKK! We startled each other! Al took a step back and the skunk slowly turned around and showed her its lovely raised tail and tush. Al stood still and silently pleaded with the skunk to not spray her. Luckily her prayers were answered and the skunk crept into the bushes and Al continued on with her delivery.

This interaction led to some research about skunks that we thought we would share with you:

  • Skunks can be found from the southern parts of Canada, throughout most of the United States and into the northern parts of Mexico.
  • They have great sense of smell and hearing but poor eyesight. They can only see about 10 feet in front of them.
  • They can spray a target 10 feet away (Al was definitely in the spray zone).
  • Skunks are omnivorous.

Hopefully one day we will be able to capture a photo of a skunk without being sprayed!

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Wordless Wednesday #24 | Giant Swallowtail on a Desert Bird of Paradise

Wordless Wednesday #24 | Giant Swallowtail on a Desert Bird of Paradise

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We love butterflies. Lucky for us, there are 250 species of butterfly in the Sonoran Desert. Giant Swallowtails are an interesting species because of their unique flight pattern; they appear to be hopping through the air. We caught this one while on a mid-afternoon stroll, having a snack on a Desert Bird of Paradise.

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If you enjoy this photograph, you can purchase a print of it through our Zazzle store, where you can order prints of our other photographs as well. A card version and postcard version of the this photograph are also available. Happy Wednesday!

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Bobcat in Our Neighborhood! (PHOTOS)

Bobcat in Our Neighborhood! (PHOTOS)

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Living in the desert southwest is exciting. We have previously shown you some of the beautiful flowers and some birds we see in the desert.

Every once in awhile we stumble upon a rarity. Once in a blue moon we see coyotes and javelinas during the day but they are more active at night. The other mammal that we rarely see is the illusive bobcat.

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The bobcat (Lynx rufus) is also known as a wildcat and is the mascot of our alma mater University of Arizona. Bear Down!

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The last time we saw a bobcat in the wild was when we first moved to our house in 2002. We thought we would never see one again. But we were wrong.

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On Sunday, Al was walking through the neighborhood minding her own business. Then got the feeling someone had their eyes on her.

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She stopped and looked around and found a bobcat sitting on top of a mound, sitting in the shade. The sight of a bobcat was exhilarating and breathtaking.

Look at those paws!

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The bobcat was panting due to the heat. It is rare to see a bobcat in the middle of the day because they are crepuscular meaning they are active at twilight.

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Waiting for some “potguts” aka Round-tailed Ground Squirrels to emerge from their underground tunnels.

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Al felt so lucky that she had her camera with her. As soon as she started taking the photos, she thought, I can’t wait to post this on the blog!

We hope you enjoyed this wildlife spotting as much as we did! Happy Tuesday!

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