"High Season" in the desert - when snowbirds (people) begin to arrive - usually brings at least comfortable weather. Temperatures are supposed to cool down a bit.
But not today! With six participants, three of whom were smart home-schooled children with binoculars, we took our time to provide good looks at desert species new to them.
Since I rarely take photos when I lead a walk, the ones included here have been taken at Lost Dutchman earlier this year.
|Male Gambel's Quail in Spring|
Even the small Black-tailed Gnatcatchers were evident to them when they flitted around in nearby shrubs. Today's male gnatcatchers were in their basic gray plumage - minus the black cap feathers of mating season.
|Male Phainopepla (Silky Flycatcher)|
|Jamie, Sarah, Sam, Bryn, Shea, Myka|
A fun day in the desert for all of us!
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