And then there was this: Kennedy and I were hunting scalies again a few years ago, combing through a patch of catclaw
, looking for birds.
Garrett and Dunn (1981) found that verdins were associated with palo verde (Cercidium), mesquite (Prosopis articulata), catclaw
(Acacia), and creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) in California.
Flood plains of this watercourse and associated tributaries support stretches of riparian woodlands, including mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa), gray oak (Quercus grisea), little walnut (Juglans microcarpa), graythorn lotebush (Ziziphus obtusifolia), catclaw
mimosa (Mimosa biuncifera), allthorn (Koeberlinia spinosa), and desert sumac (Rhus microphylla).
They mill on a rocky hillside of scattered rabbitbrush and catclaw
, in time ambling over the adjacent ridge.
One single post-rut morning in Texas I rattled once and within moments had six bucks circling the catclaw
where I crouched, watching and smiling to myself.
Ash Creek is located in upland Sonoran desertscrub, and the specific location of the observation was in a wide floodplain, with catclaw
acacia (Acacia greggii) and Arizona walnut (Juglans major).
The most conspicuous elements are a mesquite-oak woodland that includes catclaw
mimosa (Mimosa biuncifera Benth.
Years ago my brother, Rusty, and I scrambled up through the catclaw
and Spanish dagger with loaded packs.
Ringtails preferred catclaw
(Mimosa biuncifera), persimmon (Diospyros texana), oak (Quercus sp.
The buck was a dainty little six-point that just slipped into P&Y, after a tedious stalk through waxy jojoba scrub, teddy-bear cactus and grabbing catclaw
The vegetation in the study area was typical Chihuahuan Desert scrubland, dominated by creosote bush (Larrea tridentata), lechuguilla (Agave lechuguilla), ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens), catclaw
(Acacia greggii), white thorn acacia (Acacia constricta), honey mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa), and Eve's needle (Yucca faxoniana), as well as grasses represented by tobosa grass (Hilaria mutica) and black gramma (Bouteloua eriopoda).
While there, be sure to pay homage to another attraction that is less-known but also boasts national stature: the National Champion Roomer Catclaw
, a 24-foot beauty with a 54-inch circumference and a crown spread of 24 feet (a total of 84 points).
He trailed a band of dainty does and small-racked bucks working downhill from daytime beds toward one of the ranch's many feeding stations strategically scattered among the cedars, live oaks, mesquite, catclaw
, Texas persimmons, hackberry, elms, and blackbrush comprising this particular chunk of Hill Country real estate.
Big tree enthusiasts can also visit the national champion Roemer catclaw
, which stands next to another monument: the Alamo.
Whitebrush (Aloysia gratissima), catclaw
mimosa (Mimosa aculeaticarpa var.