We are not a birders number one choice for a rare sighting but there are plenty of birds to keep you busy.
A covy of 50 Gamble's Quail entertain our guests for hours off the back patio. When they are not busy chasing the White Winged Doves and Cottontail Rabbits out the feed bowls they are occupied with the new chicks how to find food.
Claudette, one of our three resident Greater Roadrunners makes frequent trips around the property and often shows up at the dinning room door at breakfast time. Sometimes she and the two males team up on a lizzard hunt. The Roadrunners are serious about raising their young, and during nesting season they are not as active around the B & B as other times of the year.
From mid March until mid October a variety of hummingbirds stop off on their flight north or south. The most frequent are Black-chinned humming birds, and Rufus humming birds.
It is not uncommon to see Bunnies, quail and a variety of other birds eating from the same feeder, with some inter-species squabbles about who gets priority.
Other common sightings include Curved-billed Thrashers, Cooper's Hawk, Bullock's Orioles, House Finch, American Goldfinch, Bullock's Oriole, Western Tanager, Scotts Oriole, Brown headed Cowbirds, European Starling, Common Grackles, Chihwahwan Ravens, Turkey Vultures, Ladder-Backed Woodpeckers, Western Scrub Jay, Song Sparrows, Bewicks Wren, House Sparrow, Cassin's Finch, White Crowned Sparrows, Cactus Wrens Common Nighthawk, Eurasan Doves, Red Tailed Hawks, Pyrrhuloxia and Northern Modkingbirds.
A short walk into the desert may give you a sighting of the Burrowing Owls.
Our Commitment to the Environment
We are aware that we live in a world of limited natural resources, and particularly because we live in a High Desert Climate, we have strived to save water wherever we can, and use the gift of the sun. We respect the environment and work hard to support the natural and organic cycles of life. We try to avoid harmful chemicals and excess waste of non-replenishable materials.
Whenever we have a choice of how we do business, we choose the way that uses the least amount of non-renewable resources. To that end, we:
Have an energy efficient building, which utilizes passive solar strategies.
Recycle whatever we can.
Compost all organic materials and use this to replenish our garden soil.
Use solar exterior lighting.
Dry laundry on a clothesline instead of a dryer.
Use cloth napkins and dishware that can be cleaned and reused.
Use the most energy efficient water delivery systems to outdoor plants and gardens, which feature drought tolerant, native plants, and plan to use gray water for irrigation in the near future.
As appliances need to be replaced, we purchase those with high-energy efficiency ratings.
We encourage our guests to explore and enjoy the natural desert experience, and are happy to provide information about energy efficient living in a desert environment. We applaud people who share our philosophy of respect for the environment, and welcome travelers who are interested in living as green as possible.