Friday, December 28, 2012

Whitewater Preserve

Mike woke Chris up early to go to Whitewater Preserve near Palm Springs. We thought it would be warm but it was a bit chilly.

Whitewater Preserve

The best bird we encountered and photographed was the California Thrasher, a new one to us.
California Thrasher

There were many ring-necked ducks. Here's a female.
Female Ring-necked Duck

We also saw a road runner and several California Quail, but they were too fast to photograph.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Hermit Thrush

We went to the UCR Botanic Gardens in hopes of finding the verdin or the green-tailed towhee, but all we saw was this Hermit Thrush.