Gambel's Quail (Callipepla gambelii)
The wildflowers are in full bloom, our little dinosaurs - the Desert Spiny Lizards - are out basking in the sun, bullfrogs are croaking, butterflies are fluttering about, bees are buzzing, and baby birds abound. It was another great springtime Monday Morning Bird Walk at Desert Botanical Garden. What a great group of veteran birders! I always learn something on these walks, and am reminded of how much I still need to learn.
The above photo was taken on the Wildflower Loop Trail at 8:45am on Monday, April 19, 2010. Is this really just a run-of-the-mill house cat? It almost looks like some sort of hybrid mix of a wild cat and a domestic cat. FYI - The walks will begin at 7 AM starting in May. For the lastest bird sightings at DBG - http://www.dbg.org/index.php/plan/ourgarden/birdsightings Watch the slide show below to see a female Gila shoo her mate back into their nest - as if to say "YOU stay home with the kids for once!".
To see ENLARGED version of slide show, DOUBLE-CLICK on the photo below.