casitas de gila guesthouses bed and breakfast new mexico 575-535-4455

Southwestern Guesthouses on 265 Acres
near Silver City, New Mexico
overlooking Bear Creek and the Gila Wilderness

Casitas de Gila Nature Blog

Casitas de Gila Nature Blog


Another of Becky’s contributions to Michael’s Nature Blog …


We didn’t have a lot of rain this summer — only about 6 inches so far this year — but there is water in Bear Creek, below Casitas de Gila Guesthouses, and that water is drawing in the wildlife.

Our neighbors and friends Bill and Dale have a game camera and are always delighted to share their “captures” with us and with our Casita guests. Presently the camera is set up in a dry wash near Bear Creek, and it seems to be a pretty good spot.

We know there are COATIMUNDI around. They are a very shy animal, so all we have ever managed to see is a tail hanging down below a tree branch. But this fella was drawn to the salt block and water bowl …



And so was another shy animal a few days later … a BOBCAT! We see their scat and often hear them calling at night, so we know they are always around, but we have only actually seen one a couple of times. This fella was also drawn to the salt block and water bowl …



A few weeks ago, while chatting with some guests in the afternoon outside Casita del Sol y la Luna, out of the corner of my eye I caught a glimpse of some quail. We have lots of Gambel Quail here. Cute little birds with a wonderful plume on their heads. But my jaw dropped when I realized that these four little birds, with their distinctive markings, were Montezuma Quail! Described as “secretive”, these little birds quickly made their way down the cliff below the Casitas while I watched in absolute wonder. Seeing these elusive birds was the wildlife highlight of my 14 years in Gila, New Mexico. I have been watching for them ever since, but alas, haven’t seen them again. And no, I have no photo. Unlike many of our guests, I usually do not have a camera with me. But I did carry one around for a while! And I am still looking …

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