Happy New Year!
“There is harmony in autumn, and a lustre in its sky.”–Percy Bysshe Shelley
Common Black Hawks are found in wooded areas along southwestern streams, mostly in Arizona, New Mexico, and western Texas. They nest in tall trees, usually cottonwoods. Black Hawks often perch near the waters edge hunting for frogs, fish, reptiles, or birds. I saw this one at Bubbling Ponds Preserve in northern Arizona.
The Western Fence Lizard can be found near warm areas, including canyons or among trees and boulders. They like to bask in sunlight. This photo was taken back in the Spring in northern Arizona. This Western Fence Lizard was warming up in the morning sun.