|One egg hadn't hatched.|
We came home from Social Hour with our good friends Chuck and Dee Dupuis just before 6:00pm and saw that there was no activity. The whole family had disappeared. They didn't leave a note, they didn't wait to say goodbye, they just left. This morning our neighbor said he had seen the mother leading her pack across the road and into the desert.
We can hope they'll come back to visit, like the other little family is doing.
This afternoon, I was working on a woodworking project (two spice racks Suzy had asked for two years ago). When I finished what I was doing in the park's workshop / maintenance building, I climbed back into the golf cart and backed out. Crawling away from under the cart was .... a Gila Monster! The first Gila Monster I ever saw. Did I have my camera? Of course not, I don't take my camera into a workshop.
I noticed our Maintenance Assistant nearby on the ground working on a pickup truck and called out to him, "Gila Monster over here." He immediately arose and came around to where I was watching the creature ambling away. He asked, "Educate me." (Dennis is from back east and doesn't know much about Gila Monsters. I don't either.) I told him that "Gila Monster" is French for "Don't Touch Me!"
These guys are not afraid of us. They have sharp claws, strong legs, and a venomous bite. People get really sick (but seldom die) from their bite.
I found a lot of information about Gila Monsters on Wikipedia. If you are interested, click HERE.
We watched the reptile until he went into hiding, then I sped home and came back with my camera. Dennis, another fellow and I found him again, just ambling along in the gravel behind the maintenance building, slowly making his way north. He's about 16 inches long -- they will grow to about 24 inches.
|The quail is doing a great impression of a Drill Sergeant!|
Oh, this little fella was taking it all in from the sidewalk. He's only about 4 inches long.
It's been a lively nature week in ... Our Life on Wheels.