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Friday, May 31, 2024

A Bit of Morning Bushwhack

Ash-throated Flycatcher
We did our usual hike with a bit of added distance; bushwhacked east from the left branch arroyo, crossed to the saddle, climbed 4210 hill, looked around and then retraced our steps.

It was sunny out there, but not windy, and it felt a little warmer than yesterday.  I was pleased to get some fairly decent images of avian friends in their element today, including the first Scott's Oriole I photographed this season.

Part of LDR-A arroyo

Ash-throated Flycatcher

White-winged Dove on ocotillo branch

This & next 3:  Scott's Oriole

1st lizard pic this season

This & next 2:  Western Kingbird

This & next:  Willow inspecting her domain

The long view from 4210 hill

Part of the Tellbrook Arroyo

Willow on break

White-winged Doves on ocotillo branch


Thursday, May 30, 2024

Over the Hump

Just west of LDR-A arroyo
Did our regular hike this morning under much more pleasant weather conditions; it wasn't at all windy.

We saw nobody else during our outing, not even many of the desert denizens we see every day.

Long way to the Tortugas Mountain foothills


This & next 2:  closing in on yuccas

This & next:  morning moon

Mama or Papa Mouning Dove in backyard nest


Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Desert Life

1st 2:  Willow in yucca shadow
It was so windy and the air was so bad this morning that Dr. K, Willow and I did only our regular hike.

Not surprisingly we saw nobody else during our trek; who would be foolish enough to go out in such conditions?

This & next 2:  same Western Kingbird

This & next:  morning moon with clouds

Our property between the arroyo and the house

Willow relaxing on front porch

Desert Willow

Barrel Cactus and Desert Willow

Between house and arroyo

Our mesquite tree on arroyo bank


Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Tuesday's Regulation Trek

Long dirt road
We did our usual hike this morning with no added distance because I had to go grocery shopping afterward.  Also it was quite hot out there already.  We're headed for a high of 98F today.

Saw nobody else out in the desert while we were there.

This & next:  Western Kingbird

This & next:  morning moon

Willow and her shadow

New pads

Wils on break

This & next:  Ash-throated Flycatcher

Willow in yucca shadow


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