Birds of Joshua Tree

May 19, 2015 at 5:00 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, Mojave Desert, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Southwest Birds, Wildlife)

Canyon wren fledgling looking grouchy

Canyon wren fledgling looking grouchy

The young canyon wrens made a non-stop racket at the 49 Palms Oasis in Joshua Tree National Park.  The loud peeps helped their parents keep track of them when they were ready to fill those noisy mouths with caterpillars.

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The fledglings could fly well enough to pester a parent hunting for their meals.  Soon, though, these babies will learn to find their own food, and the palm grove will return to peace and quiet.

Cactus wren

Cactus wren

There are four wren species common to the Mojave Desert.  I didn’t see rock wrens, but there were a few cactus wrens, as well as Bewick’s wrens singing for a mate.

Bewick's wren

Bewick’s wren

May is still prime season for migrating birds, and a good time to see the regulars, such as the black-throated sparrow.

Black-throated sparrow

Black-throated sparrow

Black-throated sparrow

Black-throated sparrow

Males become bolder in spring when they sing for a mate, and to mark territory.

California thrasher male

California thrasher male

This Gambel’s quail had a flock of little chicks, and was hiding them from curious visitors.

Gambel's Quail in hiding

Gambel’s Quail in hiding

The Barker’s Dam near Hidden Valley had just enough water to lure a wide variety of birds.

Green-tailed towhee

Green-tailed towhee

Spotted towhee male

Spotted towhee male

Phainopepla male

Phainopepla male

Western tanager male

Western tanager male

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Wilson's warbler male

Wilson’s warbler male

White-throated swift

White-throated swift

House finch male

House finch male

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Oriole – hooded or Scott’s – not sure which

 

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Ladder-backed woodpecker

Hummingbird-female,-Joshua-Tree-NP-(1)-copy-2

Female hummingbird – black-chinned or Costa’s?

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Pacific slope flycatcher

 

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Images taken with Canon SX-50

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4 Comments

  1. Alli Farkas said,

    What a variety of birds in one place. I’m not much of a birder–the only one I recognized right away was the house finch. I lived in California for decades but never noticed many local birds beyond jays, owls and quail. These are truly interesting birds, especially the Phainopepla.

  2. seeingspotsphoto said,

    Adorable!

  3. Jet Eliot said,

    Wow, as I scrolled down this post I couldn’t believe the birds you have captured so beautifully here! The canyon wren fledgling is comical, phainopepla spectacular, red eye on the spotted towhee, a swift you could capture in flight, western tanager in breeding with a berry, and (my favorite) the thrasher with his gorgeous bill parted. So many delightful captures in this gallery!

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