I saw this
Lots of Grey-Headed Juncos here, very pretty birds:
And, of course, Gambel's Quail, which seem to be everywhere in the desert areas I've visited:
And finally, the Ravens. I love watching these birds soaring in the winds here. Two Ravens are building a nest across the street from my site, and when they leave the nest they fly toward The Palms, swoop down in the winds, and then raise up to fly over the large rock next to The Palms, and then turn and head west. It is so cool watching them. I went outside when one was coming my way, and he flew low right over my head. They sure look bigger that close. As he was flying right over me, he was scratching his head with one of his feet.
I've gotten some shots of them in the nest they are building, and in the desert collecting materials for the nest. The coloring of the rocks varies in these photos. I took them at various times during the day when the sun and shade were hitting the nest differently, so I had to play with the lightening, brightening, contrast, etc., to show more of the detail in some of the photos. The rocks aren't grey, they are different variations of brown.
The nest is deeper than it appears. The two birds had plenty of room to move around inside.
|Arranging the nesting materials.|
|Collecting sticks and twigs.|
|I noticed the bird on the right would touch the beak of the other when it flew into the nest.|
|Flying back to the nest with more nesting materials.|
|Raven flying toward the rocks.|
Hazel and I took a ride around the park yesterday looking for wildlife and she spotted two more nests in holes in the large rocks. I think they are also Raven's nests; it looks like they start with sticks and I'd guess they weave the softer materials through and on top of that base to hold it together.
In the next post I'll show you more of the camp sites here - they are all so different and unusual.
From me and Katie, have a great Friday, everyone! :)