The Gray fox family that has chosen our property as a home is back this year. This is the most common type of fox in Arizona, living in the deserts and mountains. These foxes are the only member of the dog family that can climb trees, where they will eat birds and eggs, or acorns or fruit.
They stay on the alert from all directions, and have created a den in a rocky hillside. The den has numerous exits, and might extend for dozens of feet underground. They come out during the day to bask in the sun and to hunt. They weigh about 10 pounds.
They seem to trust that we are not a great danger to them.
Pretty and prickly. A very wet monsoon season has brought out thick stands of thistles, loco weed and lupine in northern Arizona.The bees are ecstatic.
One of the many wonders to anticipate in northern Arizona is the day in late summer when the Verbesina enceliodes, Golden Crownbeard, bursts out in this brilliant vista.