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September 16, 2013 by Scott McLain


We moved here from a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota where the wildlife consisted of robins and squirrels in the spring, an occasional rabbit, the rare hawk, huge mosquitoes, and an appearance every other year by a garter snake.  Nothing, and I mean nothing, prepared me for the diversity, danger, and otherworldliness of the Sonoran Desert wildlife.

In the gallery of photos, you’ll see the mama bobcat and her new baby that visited my next-door neighbor for three or four days in June of 2013. It was an incredible gift.  That May we watched six coyote pups prance and dance near their den on the 8th hole of the (aptly named) Coyote course.  They have matured and we continue to see them at dusk or in the early morning strutting like a group of teenage boys looking for trouble.

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During the summer, a different mindset compels me to  look carefully as I open my doors to go outside because the snakes and scorpions are active.  The snakes have their offspring in August and this year we saw many babies.  The Sonoran toads visit during the monsoons and disturb the quiet of the night with their bellowing mating noises.

There is a reason we’re called Quail Creek because the most abundant (and noisy) bird is the Gamble Quail.  They have their broods in early June and the first sightings of the little fuzz-ball babies cause even the manliest of men on the golf course to stop and say “ah-h-h.”