Saturday, June 7, 2014

A visit to Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center

On Memorial Day weekend, we visited Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center, a private research center maintained by University of California, Riverside.

Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center

Here are some of the birds we saw.

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher


Crissal Thrasher
Crissal Thrasher


Canyon Wren
Canyon Wren


Gambel's Quail and Chicks
Gambel's Quail and Chicks


Phainopepla
Phainopepla


We also saw a few of the local mammals.
Black-tailed hare
Black-tailed hare

White-tailed antelope squirrel
White-tailed antelope squirrel











Western Tanager from Zzyzx

On the way back from the Granites we stopped at Zzyzx. It wasn't very birdy, but a Western Tanager was very cooperative.

Western Tanager
Western Tanager


Friday, May 16, 2014

Birds at the birdbath

Hawk at the Birdbath

Allen's Hummingbird at the Birdbath

It's been hot, so we've had lots of birds coming to the birdbath. The hawk and the hummingbird are rare visitors to the birdbath.


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Western Bluebird Bathing

Western Bluebird Bathing
Western Bluebird Bathing
Western Bluebird Bathing
Western Bluebird Bathing
Western Bluebird Bathing

The Bluebirds don't come to the bath as often as the other birds, but by the look of the enjoyment this one is getting, we may very well see more of them. Doesn't he look so pleased and proud in the last photo when he's all nicely cleaned up!? (Sort of like Mike when he uses our steam shower!)

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Olive-sided Flycatcher

We're still seeing migrants. The Olive-sided Flycatcher is a new backyard bird for us. Nice catch! Just wish the birds were eating more of the Western Fence Lizards - they happen to be one of Chris's least favorite things about our yard.

Olive-sided Flycatcher
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Olive-sided Flycatcher