Weather was cold at first, but warmed up quickly as soon as I got into the sunshine, so much so that I removed an item of outerwear midway through the trek.
There was a noticeable absence of people out at Tortugas Mountain this morning, and I'm not sure why, but there were a few enjoying a beautiful late January day in the desert.
|Too small for Cactus Wrens (perhaps a Hummer's nest?)|
|Cactus Wren (left) and a Black-throated Sparrow|
|This and the next: I don't think this is a Little-leaf Sumac|
|This and the rest: same Loggerhead Shrike|
I've always admired the markings on Loggerhead Shrikes, especially on their faces. It's really nice to be able to see birds like these in the middle of winter.
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