There it was. A loud, distinctive, and short “peek” directly overhead. Then another and then several in a row: what birders refer to as the “rattle call.” The glare of the afternoon sun made it a little difficult to look up in the direction of the sound, but after a bit of repositioning, there he was — busy working at a small hole in the skeleton of what appeared to be a pinyon pine.
Sedona Wildlife and Natural History
Animals, Birds, Reptiles and Amphibians, Insects, and Plants of Sedona and the Verde Valley
Learn all about wildlife, including birds, trees, plants, and flowers, common to Sedona and the surrounding area. The natural history of the Sedona and the Verde Valley is unique, with the riparian green-belt of Oak Creek attracting a surprising diversity of animals and birds.
The Cooper's hawk is a medium-sized hawk common to Sedona, Arizona. Its range is widespread, from Southern Canada to Northern Mexico. As in many birds of prey, the male is smaller than the female. This beautiful hawk is easily confused with the sharp-shinned hawk. The easiest way to tell the difference is...
An echinopsis cactus blooms overnight in Sedona, Arizona (April 24th) producing spectacular pink flowers. This is a cactus common to Sedona, Arizona gardens, but it is actually is a genus of cacti native to South America and it's sometimes referred to as Easter lily cactus.
The northern cardinal is a common bird around Sedona, Arizona, but generally rare in the Western states. Sedona is in the far northern part of its range in Arizona. In fact, most cardinals in the USA are only found East of the Rockies.
What lives in and around Sedona and Northern Arizona, can leap 15 feet into the air, then dash away at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour? It's the black-tailed jackrabbit, actually a hare, not a rabbit, with major differences such as babies born with a full coat of fur and eyes open, ready to go.
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