Deserts and Beyond

Deserts and beyond...places in and around the southern California deserts and beyond. Photo taken at Canyon Lake, in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, December 2011. A few minutes later, after the sun disappeared, these cliffs were their normal color. They were only golden for a short time and I'm glad we were able to view them in their glory.






Thursday, August 12, 2010

My geckos are back! Nature Notes 081210


Last summer I wrote a post about the family of geckos that crawl up our outside wall every evening and this summer they (or new members of their family) are back. They are attracted by the kitchen light and crawl up the outside wall of our house and peer in at me through the kitchen screen. I love watching them. They have tiny suction cups on their feet and they easily crawl up the wall and screen. They seem to appear every evening about 8:00, as soon as it is dark and they disappear by midnight. In fact, if I don't see them as they first appear, then I don't see them that night. They make little chirping noises and feed on the insects that are attracted by the light. I've been outside watering my palo verde tree during the daytime and I've disturbed one of them who seems to enjoy living in the cool grass by the tree. Twice now, as I was watering it, I scared him off and he seems to be a darker color. The three that climb up my wall seem to be lighter, like the one in the photo. I love observing them and hope that they will continue to reside in our yard. I do NOT use any pesticides at all, so that may be one reason why they live and propogate in our yard. Nature Notes for August 12, 2010. ***NOT MY PHOTO***(I got this on Google images)...

5 comments:

Lorac said...

Isn't it great they came back!

Carver said...

I haven't ever seen a gecko. Your post was fascinating and what fun to see them where you live.

Carolyn Ford said...

That is a cute little guy! I didn't realize geckos were out on the desert...I've seen many lizards, though. I love the geckos in Hawaii. They are considered good luck if they get inside a home or vacation condominium. They also chirp. Some of them are so tiny, but all are much smaller than this guy. I am glad you don't use pesticides so these little creatures can live.

Rambling Woods said...

I love that you don't use pesticides... and would love to have the company of these little guys.. So cute....Michelle

rohrerbot said...

During summer, it's always great to see them by our lights. They hang out and eat lots of bugs and mosquitos!! There are families of them around here along with several other lizard species. They are great to have around:)