It’s that special time of year in the Sonoran Desert when the Lesser Long-nosed bats return to the region. If you live where the bats forage and you leave hummingbird feeders up at night, you will know these bats have arrived by the evidence of empty feeders and sticky sugar water left on the ground in the morning. They are sloppy eaters. The Lesser Long-nosed bat is a nectarivore and feeds on the blooms of Saguaros, cardón cactus, agave and other night-blooming cacti.
I recently set up one of my motion-activated wildlife cameras to catch these endangered mammals in action. First, here’s a video of the bats feeding from a flower on a night blooming cactus in my yard:
And here is a video of them feeding from a hummingbird feeder I set in my yard just for the bats:
The little hummingbird continues to incubate her two eggs. Based on information I’ve read the incubation period is nearing its end and soon her offspring will hatch. In the meantime, she patiently sits and waits for her kids to crack open their eggs and begin begging for food.
Yesterday the little hummingbird continued working hard building her nest. She’s using small twigs, leaves, grass seeds and spider silk among other things. Both of the following videos are best viewed in HD and full screen. Here’s yesterdays action:
And here is today’s action. More nest building and her first egg:
I have been keeping a small jar with fur from my dog Ham (now in doggy heaven). This morning I decided to attach some of her fur to a piece of wire and hang it in the flight path of the nesting hummingbird. Sure enough, she found it and started using it in her nest:
After what seemed an eternity of dry hot weather, the monsoons have finally arrived.
This is the time the desert plants and animals become more active and the Sonoran Desert morphs into a living terrarium with the simple addition of rain. Because of this it is my favorite time of year, despite the high temps and humidity.
This afternoon I set two new camera traps in a mountain range SE of Tucson. On the way to the sites I had selected I came across some common, but beautiful insects:
Despite the recent absence from my blog I have continued to capture photos and videos of things that interest me. Most recently, I’ve been focused on Sonoran Desert nature. Here are some favorite videos from the last few weeks.