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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Making Up For Yesterday

Soaptree Yucca fruit
Becca and I got an early start this morning, and to make up for yesterday's shorter hike we did a much longer trek today, venturing out to an arroyo west of the mountain and exploring a good section of it before heading north to hook up with Geothermal Road.

On the way back we saw a large group of people hiking on the foothills trail west of Tortugas; there were quite a few of them, more even than are pictured in the image below.  On the very last leg of our outing we bumped into our pal Raymond, and then later, when we were nearly back to Whitey the CR-V, we encountered our good friend Jimmy, which made Becca very happy.  He and I talked for fifteen or twenty minutes before parting company.
White-winged Doves on an Ocotillo

This and the next 2:  same White-winged Dove

House Finch on a Soaptree Yucca stalk

About to taste the forbidden fruit

Two House Finches now

Both sampling Soaptree Yucca fruit

Becca leading the way

Large Soaptree with flowers still on display

Heading down an arroyo west of Tortugas

Said arroyo

Quite a few yuccas here still have flowers on display

This and the next 2:  Black-throated Sparrow

From a distance

A little closer look

Large groups of hikers trekking just west of the mountain

Ash-throated Flycatcher

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

It's amazing how well balanced those birds can be on the yucca and ocotillo branches.

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