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SITTING PRETTY

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BUTCHERY

Local loggerhead shrike has killed some kind of bird and impaled its head on the end of a creosote branch near one of our cabins. There’s a reason these guys are called “butcher birds.” (Incredible video by one of our … Continue reading

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NATALIE RESCUED AN INJURED OWL

Our friend Natalie was in town a couple of weeks ago. She was out exploring when she came across this owl, whose wing was broken. We put Natalie in touch with a helpful local volunteer at a wild bird rescue … Continue reading

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SILENT, MAGNIFICENT

Saw this flock of roosting turkey vultures in trees near the co-op well, yesterday. Those trees are a traditional resting point for these guys. View this post on Instagram Roosting turkey vultures in trees near the co-op well. #joshuatree A … Continue reading

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CITIZEN SCIENCE

We are creating a database of Coyote Valley plants and animals on inaturalist.org. Search ‘projects’ for ‘coyote valley’ to check it out and contribute View this post on Instagram We are creating a database of Coyote Valley plants and animals … Continue reading

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Cholla Nest

Stephanie spotted this finch nest, with two eggs, in a cholla near our grey cabin. It’s in the direct center of the photo…

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Notes from early springtime

Spring came three weeks ago, definitively. A bit early. Some people didn’t trust the warmth would stay, but it has. Hop-hop, the local one-footed wild roadrunner, reappeared after being absent for months, looking healthy. [That’s him pictured above.] He got … Continue reading

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The White Raven

A great post from Cynthia Anderson at her Hi-Desert blog, this one about the local White Raven. A photo of the bird in Yucca Valley in 2008, by Julianne Koza, and a poem by Cynthia, at the link. Beautiful. cynthiashidesertblog.blogspot.com

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Hop-Hop, the one-footed wild roadrunner

Here’s Hop-Hop, the one-footed roadrunner, hanging out on top of our truck parked in front of the house. It’s kind of hard to see in this picture because of the shadow and the way Hop-Hop is standing, but the guy … Continue reading

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So long, owl

We see dead wild animals in the middle of the road all the time. Usually it’s a rabbit or quail or squirrel, sometimes it’s a lizard or red racer snake, very occasionally it’s a coyote or someone’s dog that had … Continue reading

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