My adventures in and near Deep Canyon, located near Palm Desert, CA and the pinyon mountains near it.
Graceful dead tree up above Deep Canyon.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
We have a lot of mockingbirds here in the desert and we have a couple of families of them in our neighborhood. Sometimes I think they are my missing scrub jay (the local Cooper's hawk got him about 3 weeks ago...sigh...), but, no, it's the mockingbirds having a tizzy fit! I've seen them swoop down and attack my outdoor cats if they ventured too close to a nest or a young one. I love their aerial flights and battles. However, I don't have any photos of them. They don't land long enough for a photo! I know they enjoy the birdseed that I put out on my front fence, because I see a swirl of gray when they take off if I go out to investigate! I found this fella up at the Santa Rosa mountains visitor center and he allowed me to take one photo of him before he, too, flew off in a huff and a puff! Isn't he a beauty? I enjoy mockingbirds, but I really miss my scrub jay. Nature's Notes for February 7, 2013. To visit Nature's Notes, please go to: http://ramblingwoods.com/