Desert Birding and Babe’s

On New Year’s Eve day, we took a wonderful hike with Bob and Dianne in Carrizo and Dead Indian Canyons where we were thrilled to observe a beautiful male Desert Bighorn Sheep (aka Peninsular Bighorn Sheep) for quite a long time, and we climbed up a small waterfall in the canyon to take lunch a hidden oasis.  This was the last day to hike the canyon before it closes for the breeding season, so we were lucky to have such a beautiful day.

                         Desert Bighorn Sheep               D in Joshua Tree

After our hike, we dined and tasted beer at Babe’s B-B-Que Grill before returning home to relax. We needed to get to bed early because January 1 was the Joshua Tree Christmas Bird Count. At Babe’s, D had two beers which I may comment more on later. I opted out of beer and just tasted his, as I didn’t think there could be anything “that great” after our trip to San Diego.

It was cold in Joshua Tree today, and a little windy, but it is mostly the dry conditions that accounted for the lack of bird life. We had a nice time, exploring the park, but we didn’t add a lot of species to the list.  Birds included:

  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • Raven
  • Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
  • Greater Roadrunner
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker
  • Golden Eagle
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • White-throated Swift
  • Rock Wren
  • California Thrasher
  • Gambel’s Quail
  • Phainopepla
  • Black-throated Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • Red-tailed Hawk

Now for the long red-eye flight home…


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