Monday we wanted a walk, but not go far from home, so we took our adventure to the open desert near us. That decision paid off. We were walking around, and could hear emergency sirens coming closer (we have a hospital not far from us). All of the sudden we heard a couple of howls, and I thought someone must be walking their dogs on the other side of the knoll. Then the howls became yap yap yap. DH and I looked at each other, and said "Coyotes". We walked up, and over the knoll and saw two youngish Coyotes just protesting all the noise. They didn't see us for awhile because we kept our distance. I had the zoom lens on my camera as far as it would go, and I was shooting towards the sun so the pictures are not crystal clear. Once they saw we were standing, and watching them, they started heading for the wash that goes under a bridge, and then leads to the hills. They were so cute!
Right after they left DH saw a Roadrunner, which he thought was funny.
We saw a few California Towhees flying around.
There is an underground wash on the south side of the field. Therefore, these trees always stay green.
This is part of the wash too. I like the Joshua tree. The rocky area is where the Coyotes disappeared, and went to the other side.
Two last shots of the desert before we got into the car.
After we got back home I spotted new Sunflowers that opened up.
Yesterday we went to a different area for our walk. We took Sarge and Alice with us. I like the Juniper Trees out there. They are so big. I found these two Junipers, that grew side by side interesting. One was loaded with blue seeds, and the other tree was bare. Most of the Junipers did have the seeds.
There were some Dusky Flycatchers at the top of a few Junipers. We have had a few hanging around our yard as well. I hope to get a better picture of them they are cute little birds. Very hard to photograph though.
Joshua Trees. In the background is Lake Palmdale. It's a mad made lake, but still pretty.
Alice and Sarge
Note: Alice and Sarge never leave our side. That's why we let them off leash, but only in the open desert. Never in a public place.
We drove over to the park and ride, next to the lake. You can get a better view of the lake there. One of the docks. There was a Duck in the background, but you probably won't be able to see it.
Today my DD did my nails, so I was gone in the afternoon. DH went to water our Sunflowers, and Tomato bushes, when he spotted two Lesser Goldfinch hopping around the garden. One flew off, but the other one flew up on the fence.
Then a female Anna's Hummingbird flew into the garden. She was checking out the Sunflowers. Then it flew over to the fence and landed. DH said is seemed like she was posing for him.
Two more Sunflowers opened up today, so he took a picture of them.
Have a good Thurs.