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Yesterday and Today

Sunday, May 06, 2012

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!

Joshua Tree

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!!

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    Can't say enough about that moon shot!!! It didn't look so super from here! Just nice and full and bright!! Love those California Poppies! The other plant.....don't know what it is but it kind of looks like a very invasive weed we have here. I hope it's not invasive like the thing we have, b/c it has gotten pretty much everywhere!
    Love the Joshua trees. Hope you can help get them back to their former numbers.
    Your roses are Fab-U-lous!!!!
    Have a great day!!!
    2847 days ago
  • PSMITH3841
    WOW! Loved this blog...the moon shot was amazing. We couldn't see the "super moon" in our area because of the cloud cover...very disappointing.
    2848 days ago
    I have never seen a California Thrasher before it is interesting.As usual I loved the humming bird and the Joshua Trees.Your flowers are spectacular.The lizard is neat I am not sure what kind he is but it was an interesting pattern on his back.
    2848 days ago
    How lovely. I've always loved the desert...but love where I live too. Thanks for sharing all these photos...wonderful!!!
    2848 days ago
    I just love that you know what kind of birds all of them are - I always learn something when I read your blogs. emoticon
    And, I guess you know by now that I adore your roses. They are just gorgeous. I'm not sure mine are going to do very well this year. I hope it won't be too hot on them.
    Have a great week.
    2848 days ago
    Wonderful pictures. How neat to have some much beauty around.
    2848 days ago
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    I LOVE all these outdoor pics! emoticon so much for sharing!
    2848 days ago
    What luck you had on your walk, birds, flowers, lizards & seeds. That full moon was shining so bright the other night it lit my bedroom up!
    2848 days ago
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    I love the name of that wildflower! The super moon was really cool - so pretty. You got a great shot of it!
    2848 days ago
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    So many birds. I love the quail. We use to have them around the farm that I grew-up in, but even then they were rarely seen.
    2849 days ago
    That little baby bird photo is awesome! So is your moon photo. I love lizards. I'm terrified of snakes but love lizards. Go figure.
    2849 days ago
    Beautiful, you have so much good wildlife around you.
    2849 days ago
    Amazing how you get such great animal shots!
    2849 days ago
    It was overcast here in Calgary last night (it had snowed most of the day but soon melted) so didn't catch a glimpse of the moon.

    Wonderful pictures as usual. Is the Joshua tree like a cactus?
    2849 days ago
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    I'm always so amazed at how much wild life is in your area. That's great. And, for me too because I get to see it with you. emoticon
    2849 days ago
  • SUE_2U
    Gorgeoous photos thank you so much for sharing! I loved them. Looking forward to seeing pics of the joshua tree seeds.
    2849 days ago
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    Just gorgeous !!.. Lovely photos .. Thank you Jeannie for sharing !

    Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon
    2849 days ago
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    Nice photos. The moon was really bright here last night.
    2849 days ago
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