March 8, 2015 Sierra Vista, Arizona

Gambel's quail
Gambel’s quail

Two Old Age Casualties in Sierra Vista

Today marks a week that I have been parked in the Thunderbird RV Park here in downtown Sierra Vista. After feeling like it was finally time, Wednesday I had a root canal done at 1st Dental here in Sierra Vista. Absolutely painless procedure … sure wish I could say the same for the next two days. Stayed in and dealt with the pain meds for two days, feeling like like my head was going to explode, before the pain finally subsided on Saturday and I could quit the pain meds.

Making all this even worse, Jenny, my 15 year old Maltese, apparently injured her right rear leg, probably from jumping down from the windshield deck where the pups spend their day when I leave them in the motorhome alone. She doesn’t act like she is in much pain, but now is hopping around on three legs and is unable to get to any of her favorite spots ( off the floor ). She is a very active senior citizen and I hate to see her now have to act her age.  I can’t feel anything broken or out of place, so will have to watch to see if she can recover from this on her own over time.

As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

Feeder Portraits

House Finch
House Finch

I happen to have a tree right next to my dinette window, so when I arrived here, I put out a platform feeder and hummingbird feeder to see if I could attract some photo subjects to my campsite.

Feeders
Feeders
Portrait Studio
Portrait Studio

Although no hummingbirds have shown up ( yet ) …

Gila Woodpecker
Gila Woodpecker

… this Gila Woodpecker being the only taker so far, the seed tray has attracted several city dwellers over the week It has been out, so on Sunday, I figured I would try and get some closeup head shots of the various birds using the feeder. The tree is actually too close for me to use my 600mm lens so these shots were all taken with my 200-400mm lens, and all were taken through the window glass, yet are quite sharp considering.

Curve-billed Thrasher
Curve-billed Thrasher
Mourning Dove
Mourning Dove
White-winged Dove
White-winged Dove

There are actually four different types of doves coming in, Mourning, White-winged, Common Ground, and Eurasian-collared. Only the White-winged and Mourning doves flew up to the feeder, the other two types stayed on the ground below, out of range for the camera.

White-winged Dove
White-winged Dove
White-winged Dove
White-winged Dove
White-winged Dove
White-winged Dove

Though true gluttons, thus forcing me to replenish the feeders a couple times a day, these White-winged doves are quite handsome and kind of fun to watch when they have emptied the tray feeder and then attempt to squeeze themselves down onto the smaller house style feeder I added to the tree a couple days ago. Love the blue eye liner these guys show off so well.

House Finch
House Finch
House Finch
House Finch

House finches are the most numerous visitors and I find the variations in color kind of interesting. Some sport a lot of yellow feathers in addition to their red, and one individual is a gorgeous orange rather than red ( unfortunately I haven’t been able to get him to come out of the shadows for a good shot ).

House Finch
House Finch

This coming week, after a dental appointment for crown work,  I hope to be able to get started finding some early arrivals at the various birding spots south of Sierra Vista, stay tuned.

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8 thoughts on “March 8, 2015 Sierra Vista, Arizona”

    1. Nikon D800 with either 200-400mm or 600mm lens. As of yesterday, now am primarily using my new Nikon D810 camera for wildlife and the D800 becomes my wide lens camera and backup body..

    1. As you well know, time flies, especially at this age. Jenny seems to slowly be coming around, probably uses the bad leg a little more than half the time now and even did the stairs out of the motorhome yesterday when I turned my back for a second ( I have been lifting her in and out since her injury ). She doesn’t act like she is in any pain, still eats like a horse, and the tail is usually wagging, so I am just going to continue monitoring her progress. At 15, she still is VERY active and doesn’t even begin to look or act that age, so this setback stuns me a little since it shows she, like myself, is vulnerable to these old age problems. Has the snowy winter brought out the skiers and helped the business at all?

  1. Hi! I’m from the rvsue blog. I am wondering if you know about Algodones? It is a border town near Yuma…4 square blocks of nothing but dentists, opticians and pharmacies. People come from all over US and Canada for meds, dental work, eye glasses. I was just there to get glasses, and spoke with 10 or 12 people who raved about the dental care. One guy had just had a root canal. But everything is much cheaper there. Dr. Vargas, who was highly recommended, charges $30?for a filling and $20 for a cleaning. Dr. Munoz was also highly recommended. You might want to save yourself some money.

    1. Actually I boon docked just below the casino on the road into Algodones , with the intention to go in and see about dental work. I had never gone over the border before so was a little nervous about it, then the temps climbed into the 90’s and I went a few days without any problems from the tooth that was bothering me, so I chickened out and headed east to cooler weather, something I now am paying the price ($) for. Thanks much for the info and the dentist suggestions, I definitely will investigate next winter for some preventative work perhaps.

  2. Beautiful pictures from your “portrait studio”! Just awesome! I’m so sorry you had so much pain with your root canal. Hope you and Jenny are all better soon.

    1. Thanks! I am now pain free and going in for crown work Thursday. Jenny is starting to use her bad leg some and appears to be improving, just taking a while, as I guess recovery does with all us old folks.

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