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Monday, March 4, 2019

Like a Bluebird

Just west of Tortugas
Becca and I got an early start on a morning hike west of Tortugas Mountain, and there were already a few other outdoor enthusiasts in the area.  We did a moderately long hike in very pleasant weather conditions; it was warm enough for me to remove my lightweight vest about a third of the way into the trek.  Cacti were budding, flowers were blooming, and birds and bees were enjoying the springlike day.  The Mountain Bluebird pictured below was very cooperative, perching at the top of a Soaptree Yucca stalk while I snapped numerous photos.  I post more than necessary here in order to see which of several I like best.  I hope you won't grow bored looking at this spectacular bird.
Claret Cup buds getting close

Trusty hiking companion

Velvety Nerisyrenia

Prickly Pear pad separated from its family

Sky over the mountain

Fendler's Bladderpod

Trail to the road

This and the next 4:  Bicolor Fanmustard





Heading back

Evening Primrose closing up for the day

Immovable feast

This and the next 5:  Western Bluebird (Sialia Mexicana)






1 comment:

Dr. K said...

Incredibly good photos of the Western Bluebird, Packrat. What a gorgeous bird.

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