Western Blue Birds

Final report: First attempt to place nesting boxes for Bluebirds

Photo by Charlie Hernandez Taken at Arriba Vista Five nesting boxes were installed along a fence line. We had 2 boxes unused,1 box with a nest but no eggs, 1 box with 5 eggs but abandoned and 1 box with 5 eggs that fledged 4 chicks. What happened? As I mentioned early on in this…

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August 29, 2018
Blue Bird Nest

Bluebird nesting project

Nesting was a mess this year, our first year to have Bluebird nesting boxes. When it got warm in April the birds started to build in the boxes. But, some large animal went by the boxes and knocked a couple down and broke another. So I rebuilt the boxes with a different way to mount them, Success.…

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June 17, 2018
AVR bluebirds

Western Bluebirds

BASIC DESCRIPTION by Cornell Lab of Ornithology In open parklands of the American West, brilliant blue-and-rust Western Bluebirds sit on low perches and swoop lightly to the ground to catch insects. Deep blue, rusty, and white, males are considerably brighter than the gray-brown, blue-tinged females. This small thrush nests in holes in trees or nest…

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March 25, 2018
Super Moon Partial Eclipse

Once in a Blue Moon

While you all were asleep on January 31, 2018 I was not asleep. I loaded up my camera gear drove to Arriba Vista and up to the cell towers. I was all set up before 2am and ready for the Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse. Super because the moon would be closer to earth than…

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February 19, 2018
Photo of Eagle

Bald Eagles

Indigenous to North America, the bald eagle is our national symbol and one of North America’s largest birds. Weighing in at about 8 to 14 pounds, it has a wingspan of 6½ to 8 feet. Females are larger than males. Adults are dark brown with a pure white head and tail. Younger birds are mostly…

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January 7, 2018
Rider and Dog

Alert *Alert * Alert

In September 2016 we got caught in another cattle drive.  This time it was the rancher bringing his cattle back from free range on BLM public lands. Like all other times we get caught in a cattle drive we just park off the road and let the drive go by. As I was about to…

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January 11, 2017
Cowboy and Young Rider

Cattle Drive by Charlie Hernandez

I usually drive the back roads and side roads as I travel through Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. This gives me the opportunity to see wildlife in different settings and new scenery. This spring in finding a less traveled road from Jackson Wyoming to Salt Lake City I ran head on into a herd of…

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August 28, 2016
Elk Calf

New Born Elk Calf

There must be something to eat around here. If I can only get around Mom’s big hoof. This is the first time in 12 spring visits to Yellowstone that I have been lucky enough to photograph a newborn Elk calf.  The hour old youngster did eventually find its first meal. This first meal helps to…

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June 26, 2016
image of longhorn cow and calf

Texas Longhorn Cattle

  While in Texas a few weeks ago we found Texas Longhorn Cattle on two small ranches. Basically these longhorns are kept for weed abatement and for a hobby. In any case they are very pretty. As you can see the ranch owner let us in the field with the cattle. I was pretty nervous…

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February 28, 2016
christmas community room

Winter Facilities Care and Etiquette

Good day fellow horse afficianados!! December is here, El Nino is on its way, and the long, hot days of summer are a mere memory. We turn our attention to the cares of winter…warm coats, umbrellas (hopefully), and juggling time with our favorite friends, the four legged residents of Arriba Vista Ranch. We wanted to…

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December 6, 2015