Yesterday after we exercised the dogs we drove over to the open desert. We haven't seen any Hawks or Kestrels out there for a awhile. Maybe they are all tending to their nest. We did see a lot of Ravens. One was walking around looking for bugs.
There are still some Poppies
We came across a wildflower we have never seen before. They popped up here and there, but not all over. I researched the plant, and I think it is a Bolander's Monkeyflower.
We came across what I thought at first were two Brewer's Blackbird, but after I took the pictures I noticed the beak wasn't that of the blackbird. So I am pretty sure they are Starlings. They were a ways off.
We also saw two Say's Pheobe's hanging around. They are fun to watch.
We decided to drive across the street to another open field, where the Olive Trees are. There was a Cotton Tail nibbling on grass.
Then some Quail showed up.
The Bunny turned around and watched the Quail.
The Bunny realized we were watching it, so it took off for one of the Olive Trees.
We checked on the Hawk nest. Mama was gone, and the babies were sleeping. We still had a good time though. The Bullock's Oriole was there again.
Calif. Towhee showed up too
We drove down the road to check on the Raven's nest.
The Mom Raven flew off, and I was hearing the strangest cry. I looked at my Hubby and said "do you think the eggs hatched already?" So we got out of the car, and looked. I put the zoom lens as far as it would go to see, and all of the sudden a little head popped up with its beak open.
What a pleasant surprise! I came home and took some photos of my roses. My white rose bush is just packed, and they smell so good.
One of my Geranium plants.
Today my DH and I took a walk in the open desert that is about 2 mins. from us. We walked around for about an hour. First thing I saw was a Calif. Thrasher.
I spotted a Raven on top of a pole
Two Cotton Tails
We saw this bird in the area for the first time. I think it is a Loggerhead Shrike.
I was lucky enough to spot this Lizard. What a beauty!
Some of the Joshua Trees had pods on them. Inside are the pods are flat, black, shiny seeds. We brought home one of the pods, and we will cut it open to see if the seeds are mature. If they are I will take pictures of them. They really are pretty, and not what you expect for a Joshua Tree. Then we will scatter the seeds in the desert so new trees can grow. Probably out in the area they had the fire. So many trees were destroyed. Which is a shame because it takes years for the Joshua to grow.
Did you noticed the Moon tonight? Beautiful!!
Have a blessed Sunday!!