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October 13th, 2008
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Snaking

There are few places in life that feel like home. For me, Cochise Stronghold is one of them. I’ve stayed there on many occasions over the past six years but it still gives me a buzz of anticipation every time I drive into the canyon.

The wildlife is always interesting, and there’s always something new. This time, a small overhead flock of Cedar Waxwings were my first at the B&B. The usual suspects were also in evidence.

Before heading back to Tucson I had one last stab at looking for snakes, as it might have been my last chance of the year. And I had some success, with first a Groundsnake, a new one for me, although it didn’t hang about to have more than one photo taken, and then a very pretty little snake, a juvenile Coachwhip.

Or at least, that’s what I think they are. If anyone disagrees with any of my IDs on snakes, or anything for that matter, please tell me. You’re probably right.

I don’t know what you call ‘looking for snakes’. Snaking, maybe? Anyway, it’s definitely a new hobby for me. I have now seen 11 of Arizona’s 52 species, so there are plenty more to go…

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