GAMBEL’S QUAIL

The Gambel’s Quail is a ground-dwelling quail found in desert regions in the southwest United States and Sonora, Mexico. They have unique bobbing topknots on both the male and female. These quails are more likely to run that fly. Gambel’s Quail eat seeds from desert grasses, shrubs, trees, and cactus, along with leaves and grass.

POTTS PRICKLY PEAR

The Potts Prickly Pear lives in northern or southeastern Arizona. Typically in high desert scrub and pinyon/juniper forest areas or in oak woodland forests. They have white spines and yellow flowers that generally bloom in May and June. Read about other Prickly Pear cactus here: CACTI (part 2)

SOME COOL ROCKS

These rocks were found in a 6000 feet elevation pinon juniper area in northern Arizona. I don’t know what these rocks are, but I thought they were pretty interesting. This blooming whipple cholla cactus was in this high desert area as well.