Jabbering Jays

Stellars jay illustration

Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri), Greer, Arizona, USA © Duncan Butchart, 2013. A couple of hours’ drive north-east of the Sonoran Desert around Phoenix and you are up on the Colorado Plateau – high country defined by the Mogollon Rim and known as the White Mountains. The contrast of the two landscapes – cacti-crowded desert and … Read more Jabbering Jays

Cactus Condo

Gila woodpecker illustration

Gila Woodpecker (Melanerpes uropygialis) in Saguaro (Cereus giganteus). Phoenix, Arizona, USA © Duncan Butchart, 2013 The Sonoran Desert spans the border country between southwestern USA and Mexico. Here, around Phoenix, the lowlands are all set about with imposing Saguaro Cactus (Cereus giganteus) – many over 15 meters tall and clearly ancient. Ghostly Arizona Sycamore (Platanus wrightii) grow … Read more Cactus Condo

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