Archive for the ‘Arizona Outdoors’ Category

Desert Animals at Hacienda Animal Pond

October 18th, 2012 by tucsonbb

Bobcat at Hacienda pond

A large window in the Galleria Suite looks out to a wild animal pond which attracts birds, rabbits, javelina, and bobcats.  Last week our assistant innkeeper was servicing a room when a mother bobcat with her two young ones appeared at the pond for a drink.  Her little ones are hiding behind her.

Outside the same room appeared a Gila Monster, a bright orange and black desert lizard near the foot of the pool climbing over the rocks to get a drink.

Gila Monster drinking at Hacienda pool

Tucson Bobcat Family

August 30th, 2012 by tucsonbb

Tucson Bobcat family

Those of us living on the edges of town with some acreage are sometimes treated to a very special sight, either a single bobcat or, in this case, a bobcat family.  This mother with young was seen at the home of a friend in the Catalina Mountain foothills, but last summer we saw two juveniles with their arms around some large potted plants on our back porch.  We’re sure they were attempting to keep cool in the shade.  They slept there for about 1-2 hours.  Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get good pictures like our friend did because we were afraid we would frighten them away by getting too close.

Guests are always intrigued with the local wildlife here at Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast.  Those who stay in the Galleria are most likely to see bobcats as there is a wild animal pond just outside the window.  The most frequently seen animals at the Hacienda are the Javalina.

Mother With Baby Javelina


Tucson August Birding Festival

June 30th, 2012 by tucsonbb

Front Gate at Hacienda

Avid birders should plan now to attend the Tucson Bird & Wildlife Festival, August 15-19. This event celebrates the unique biodiversity of southeast Arizona with exciting educational opportunities for birders and nature enthusiasts to discover and enjoy the Sonoran Desert and Sky Islands.  There will be workshops, dinner programs, expert-led birding and natural history field trips, and even youth birder outings.  You can register online at the Tucson Audubon website.  If you want to stay in a desert environment on 17 secluded acres with 53 different birds identified by birders on the property, we invite you to stay at Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast while attending the festival.

Back Patio Garden at the Hacienda

Local Desert Gila Monster

May 9th, 2012 by tucsonbb

Non-agressive Gila Monster

Gila Monsters are now out of their burrows for the summer so, if you’re lucky, you’ll get to see one if  hiking in the desert.  They are poisonous but won’t bite unless handled incorrectly or unless you surprise them by putting your hand under a bush or rock where they are hiding.  Enjoy their beautiful colors and let them alone to find their mate and put on weight for their winter hibernation.  They were named for their early sightings along the Gila River and reminded some of monsters.  They are really slow moving gentle giants about 12-18 inches long who only yearn to be left alone to mind their own business.  This one lives on the 16 acre property of Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast and was photographed by a guest.

Birds Visit Southwestern B & B

April 21st, 2012 by tucsonbb

Hummingbird Visits Backyard Garden

This Hummingbird is just one of the many visiting the blooming gardens at Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast in Tucson.  Three patios and courtyards offer tantalizing food options for these and other birds.  In the back patio is a cactus fountain, rose gardens, and many types of desert blooms.  Outside guestrooms on several of the porches and hanging in trees are other bird feeders.  The courtyard with an old Mexican fountain has more of the lush garden plants that require more water.  Bring your cameras and look for birds.

Dove on Tree feeder near House


Bed & Breakfast Garden Flourishes

April 6th, 2012 by tucsonbb


The courtyard gardens at Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast are flourishing this spring.  Potted plants in the Mexican courtyard are in bloom both against walls and around the cantera fountain.  Guests can enjoy the floral display by lounging on a comfortable chaise lounge,  from a shaded table or, if they’re lucky,  from a window of the Patio Suite guestroom.  Visit Tucson and see for yourself.

Courtyard West Flowers




Succulents Near Guestroom

Courtyard Garden Spot

Tucson Wildflower Hike

March 29th, 2012 by tucsonbb

Small flowersThe most beautiful hikes I’ve recently taken was in Saguaro National Park East just off of the Javelina Picnic Area.  The hike moved quickly up a landscape full of wildflowers, then curved down a short ravine and again up through gorgeous rock formations I hadn’t seen before.  Unfortunately I wasn’t paying attention to the name of it, but it probably was the Tanque Verde Ridge Trail of which I only walked about 1 mile because of my conditioning.  Because of the early warm weather, all of the wildflowers are a riot of color.

yellow wildflowers

Great Horned Owls on Site

March 6th, 2012 by tucsonbb

Great Horned Owl

Two guests at our Hacienda are wildlife photographers and captured images of two Great Horned Owls in the palm trees in our back patio area  March 4th.  We, as well as our other guests, were captivated by their presence and great beauty. We all went out numerous times yesterday to watch them.  To see other pictures taken by Bruce and Tamy Leventhal, click on this link.  They also took pictures of our javelina which we’ll be adding to the gallery of our website.


Early Wildflower Bloom

March 3rd, 2012 by tucsonbb

Dewdrops on HarebellsArizona wildflowers are now in bloom in Southern Arizona.  Some that have been identified and photographed are Blue Dicks, Desert Anemone, Yellow Desert Evening Primrose, Chuparosa, Evening primrose, California suncups, Creosote, Chia, Blue fiesta flower,Lupines, Mexican poppies, Fiddleneck, Brittlebush, Fairy Duster, Desert Chicory, Coulter’s Lupine.  You can find photos of those in bloom with descriptions and where they were seen at a popular website.  Those staying at our Bed & Breakfast, located on 17 acres in the desert can enjoy some of those blooms as they walk our nature trail.  We’re also right next to Saguaro National Park East for those looking for wildflowers while they hike.

Meadows of desert globemallow - Sonoran Desert wildflowers.Small flowers

Sandhill Cranes Due

December 29th, 2011 by tucsonbb

A Siege of Cranes

Birders come in droves to Southern Arizona to see the Sandhill Cranes during the month of January.  They are visible by the hundreds or thousands in areas near Willcox during this next month.  Wings Over Willcox Birding and Nature Festival celebrates all things avian from January 12-15.  There is a free nature exposition, a variety of free seminars, tours of scenic landscapes and historic sites, Sandhill Crane and Raptor watching spots, and a banquet featuring the Editor of Birding Magazine.  For additional details, go to the website Wings Over Willcox.  We encourage birding guests at the Hacienda to participate in the festival.