70F when we started off this morning; 81F when we finished up. We're headed for the century mark this afternoon. Pretty miserable conditions, and there's a bad air advisory until 3:15 p.m.
Did our normal hike today. On the way up the Right Branch Arroyo, when we stopped in the shadow of the large Torrey Yucca, I noticed a black SUV parked off LDR in the distance, and several people and white dogs exploring a small arroyo. Willow and I had heard the dogs at the top of the hill near LDR, presumably when the people were driving in. The canines (White Labs) were running all over the place, and I wondered if the pet owners were not worried about rattlesnake encounters.
We never were very close to the others, and we put even more distance between us and them as we headed up the right branch and exited over the hill to the west.
|This & next 4: Black-throated Sparrow in Yucca elata flowers|
|This & next: Western Kingbird|
|Frio and Willow resting in yucca shadow|
|This & next: new and the old|
|Air conditions this morning|
|Another yucca shade break|
|Last 2: Black-throated Sparrow on Ocotillo|
Nice photos of the Back-throated Sparrow. My favorite is the last image, the one of the bird on the Ocotillo flower.
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