Sunday, March 05, 2023

Mountain Nature Trails

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

Saturday morning we drove to Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, down the mountain from Joshua Tree NP.
We could see the unusual sight of snow-capped mountains, which received a huge snowfall last week.

A stature of a mountain lion watches over the feeders, where several people were looking at the birds.
After watching for a while, we followed several of the beautiful trails around the preserve.

Recently, Cassin’s Finch has been at the feeders for the first time on record.—
perhaps driven down from the mountains by the snow.

Opportunists always — squirrels were gathering fallen birdseed in their cheek pouches.

Joshua Tree National Park 

We revisited the most beautiful loop road through Joshua Tree on the way back to our hotel.

Photos © 2023 mae sander


dancewme said...

My son just said he wants to get a squirrel as a pet after seeing the pics and I was like 'yeah, no thanks,'

Jeanie said...

Beautiful territory, my friend. You home yet?

My name is Erika. said...

I haven't been to that canyon, is it around Joshua Tree. At least you didn't go into the San Bernadino Mountain area where they received so much snow. Hugs-Erika

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Lovely photos that bring back many memories of similar trips I took. Wonderful bird pictures, something I seldom get to photograph.

thecuecard said...

We need to walk that loop in Joshua Tree. We'll be flying into Palm Springs in April but will be going to visit my parents & the beach. OC.