Spring Weather Finally Here

Turkey Buzzard Antelope Ground Squirrel

A sure sign that the weather will be getting warmer is the reappearance of Turkey Buzzards (Vultures) after their winter migration to Mexico is over. There have been Buzzards overhead for a few weeks now, but they now seem to be circling more frequently over our little parch. I photographed this one as it swooped over our house this afternoon.

Another more subtle sign of spring is with the squirrel above. If you click to enlarge the photo you will see that her little teats are swollen as in she is nursing her offspring hidden away in some tunnel nearby. She was venturing up to see what could be foraged underneath the bird feeders out back when I spotted her and took the photo.

As for the weather itself, Wickenburg and Arizona in general have been experiencing a cooler, longer winter this year as is most of the country. Our daytime temperatures have finally risen to high 70’s or mid 80’s with warmer temperatures to come soon. Nights are still cool, however with lows in the low 50’s.

We actually look forward to the summertime high desert temperatures. That’s one of the many reasons we moved to Arizona. :)


  1. drjim said,

    April 1, 2019 @ 21:27:27

    We’re up into 50’s~60’s during the day now, but still dropping into the mid-30’s at night. We might get another freeze, and we might not. NOBODY plants their gardens here until after Mother’s Day, but things are starting to come up, and the grass is turning green everywhere.

    Yep…Spring is finally here!

  2. CapnBob said,

    April 2, 2019 @ 08:41:33


    I have several places bookmarked under the weather folder that I visit regularly, Ft. Collins being one of them. I check the National Radar Mosaic page to see what precip is where and I look at the cloud cover on the GOES East bird website.

    I read your post daily and saw the latest on getting new (to you) ham stuff. Congrats and have fun. Still just on VHF/UHF repeaters here, fun to listen once in a while. still not very active though.

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