Hi folks ,
I have written a time or two before and lurked a lot . Learned a bunch and was asked if I could send some pics of what I was doing . I have 4 acres down between Maricopa and Casa Grande a few of you might remember . My goal is someting of a cross between a wildlife garden and a batanical garden of mostly xeriscape ( not all ) type plants . I kind of regard my land in 3 or 4 areas . The area directly in front of the house is kind of a mix of things . To the east I will eventually have a somewhat large water feature where I will have water emerging from a large mound then meandering some 200 feet down a courseway trying to replicate a somewhat natural creek with a few small intermintent pools with a medium sized pond at the bottom . Eventually building a covered footbridge about halfway down the length of the creek . The east side which comprises about 2 acres also has in the back corner about 1/4 acre that I have set aside for native burrowing owls . I built a 8 cluster underground unit for them last year and had a pair move in and had some baby owls last spring . I have had a steady population of 5 of them and am in the middle of building another 8 cluster underground unit for them ( and hopefully more of them soon ) as I write this . Building such a nest nessatates digging a trench 4 to 4 1/2 feet deep some 18 feet long and then on the ends digging upward at a 45 degree angle approximately 7 to 8 feet out . Then installing 4 inch corragated tubing from 5 gallon plastic buckets that are placed upside down with a hole cut in them so as to place the tubing just inside the bucket . When done there will be a tunnel some 15 feet or so long tunnel for the owls to travel to the nest from the entrance at ground level . 8 of these will be placed in the ditch with 2 of the tubes coming up each ramp . The first pics will be of the new nest construction .