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Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis)

Observer

timoteo_b

Date

May 2024

Description

taking advantage of minimal shade

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What

Yuman Desert Fringe-toed Lizard (Uma rufopunctata)

Observer

fran170

Date

April 2024

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What

Rock Squirrel (Otospermophilus variegatus)

Observer

milka18

Date

March 17, 2020 11:16 AM MST

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What

Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus)

Observer

jagaxiola

Date

November 12, 2023 12:34 PM MST

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What

California Quail (Callipepla californica)

Observer

trickman

Date

March 12, 2024 05:32 PM PDT

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What

Smoke Tree (Psorothamnus spinosus)

Observer

squamatologist

Date

June 6, 2006 02:11 PM CDT

Description

A particularly stately Smoke Tree (Psorothamnus spinosus) in bloom, Maricopa County, Arizona

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What

Leconte's Thrasher (Toxostoma lecontei)

Date

January 11, 2024 06:47 PM MST

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What

Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

Observer

bandi_k_5

Date

January 4, 2024

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What

Sailfin Catfishes (Genus Pterygoplichthys)

Observer

kucycads

Date

January 14, 2024 02:00 PM CST

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What

American Coot (Fulica americana)

Observer

patient1

Date

November 23, 2021 08:19 AM PST

Description

Fighting for keeps. The victor held the loser under water for a long time, but the loser finally escaped

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What

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)

Observer

aparrot1

Date

November 26, 2023 09:35 AM PST

Description

One very sleepy Great Horned Owl that was not at all disturbed by our presence. They like to roost on the large horizontal stems of the mature California Fan Palms.
Link to California Fan Palm (Washingtonia filifera) A.k.a. Desert Palm observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/192412485
Link to another Great Horned Owl in same oasis: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/200537207

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) Large owl in the Strigidae family that stands up to 56cm (22 inches) tall. It has prominent, widely spaced ear tufts (feathers) at sides of head. It is found in a large variety of habitats including dense woods, prairie, deserts, and in wooded towns and suburbs. It is typically well-camouflaged beige and dark brown overall, but varies in color. Often engages in haunting duets, with males and females hooting back and forth. Preys upon a variety of animals, including mammals, birds and reptiles.
Feeding Behavior: Hunts "mostly at night, sometimes at dusk. Watches from high perch, then swoops down to capture prey in its talons. Has extremely good hearing and good vision in low light conditions.
Mammals make up majority of diet in most regions. Takes many rats, mice, and rabbits, also ground squirrels, opossums, and skunks. Eats some birds (especially in the north), up to size of geese, ducks, hawks, and smaller owls. Also eats snakes, lizards, frogs, insects, scorpions, but rarely fish.
Feathers: Because of their nocturnal habits, Owls tend not to exhibit sexual dimorphism in their plumage. Specialized feathers and wing shape suppress the noise produced by flying, both taking off, flapping and gliding. This silent flight allows owls to hunt without being heard by their prey. Owls possess three physical attributes that are thought to contribute to their silent flight capability. First, on the leading edge of the wing, there is a comb of stiff feathers. Second, the trailing edge of the wing contains a flexible fringe. Finally, owls have downy material distributed on the tops of their wings that creates a compliant but rough surface (similar to that of a soft carpet). All these factors result in significant aerodynamic noise reduction."

Ebird with species description, range map and sound recordings: https://ebird.org/species/grhowl/ and https://ebird.org/explore

Xeno-canto Bird songs, sound recordings, and species range map: https://xeno-canto.org/explore?query=Bubo%20virginianus

Audubon Guide to North American Birds https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/great-horned-owl

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, ed. Jon L. Dunn, 7th ed., 2017, pp. 294-295.

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of Western North America, ed. Jon L. Dunn, 2008, pp. 220-221.

Monterey Birds, Don Roberson, 2nd ed. 2002, sponsored by Monterey Peninsula Audubon Society, p. 282.

The Cornell Lab (Birds in U.S. and Canada) https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/ (enter common name)

Merlin Bird ID (great app available for Iphones) by The Cornell Lab (Bird ID help for 8,500+ species) https://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/

Comprehensive Feather I.D. tools and more: https://foundfeathers.org/resources/

Found Feathers (Worldwide): https://www.fws.gov/lab/featheratlas/idtool.php

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Coachella Valley Preserve: For thousands of years, particles of sand from the San Bernardino Mountains and Indio Hills washed into the Coachella Valley forming a system of sand dunes. Today, these dunes are part of the Coachella Valley Preserve System, a 20,000-acre sanctuary, a desert oasis for many species of birds, reptiles, plants, and human visitors.
The Coachella Valley Preserve contains several palm oases that sit on top of San Andreas Fault lines. Underground water rises to the surface through these cracks. California Fan Palms (Washingtonia filifera) grow along the cracks where the water seeps up creating a desert oases. Many plant species thrive in the alkaline soil.
Coachella Valley sits at the convergence of four vast ecological systems - the Colorado (or Sonoran) Desert, the Mojave Desert, and the coastal and peninsular mountain ranges.

Birding Hotspot. Current access information: https://www.cnlm.org/portfolio_page/thousand-palms-oasis-preserve-coachella-valley-preserve/ (usually open Wed-Sun, street parking only)
and general information about the Preserve: https://www.blm.gov/visit/coachella-valley-preserve

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What

Red-billed Pigeon (Patagioenas flavirostris)

Observer

anverver

Date

December 28, 2023 10:53 AM MST

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What

Ruddy Ground Dove (Columbina talpacoti)

Observer

marcelo_aranda

Date

March 14, 2022

Description

Anidando, posiblemente empollando.

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What

Mesquites (Genus Neltuma)

Observer

volkandrus

Date

March 4, 2018 01:05 PM CST

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What

Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)

Observer

savailiev

Date

July 9, 2021 03:24 PM UTC

Description

  • Northern Mockingbird

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What

Arctic Fox (Vulpes lagopus)

Date

July 6, 2012 06:22 PM CDT

Description

Red fox chasing arctic fox.

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What

Rock Squirrel (Otospermophilus variegatus)

Date

November 3, 2005 05:41 PM MST

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What

Cactus Wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus)

Observer

valeritacor

Date

September 30, 2023 07:03 PM CST

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What

Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis)

Observer

jorgeortizv

Date

September 21, 2023 02:29 PM MST

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What

Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens)

Observer

hugomonreal

Date

April 30, 2017

Description

Fouquieria splendens subsp. campanulata

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What

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Observer

jthorngren

Date

September 15, 2023 04:48 PM PDT

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What

California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus)

Observer

nleonard73

Date

May 2023

Description

There were three, but only managed to photograph one. Tag #16. Purple with white numbers is bird #816 according to the sources I looked at.

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What

Coyote (Canis latrans)

Observer

sessilefielder

Date

January 7, 2023 02:56 PM PST

Description

skulking in a flock of snow geese before finally catching one

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What

Rock Squirrel (Otospermophilus variegatus)

Date

August 2022

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What

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Observer

smcameron

Date

January 21, 2023 09:21 AM PST

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What

Mojave Rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus)

Observer

naturenate

Date

August 11, 2023 08:24 PM MST

Description

Cruised up on the smaller one and heard the larger one buzzing in the bushes when we got out of the car

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What

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Observer

w_fran

Date

January 29, 2021 09:02 AM PST

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What

Desert Cottontail (Sylvilagus audubonii)

Observer

madtiller

Date

June 18, 2020 07:57 AM PDT

Description

The difference between the desert cottontail and brush rabbit definitely stand out when they are side by side. :)

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What

Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus)

Observer

natureali

Date

January 28, 2013 11:30 AM PST

Description

American Kestrel too.

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What

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Observer

darontansley

Date

April 16, 2022 09:12 AM HST

Description

The Red-tailed Hawk appeared after the Bald Eagle had been chasing the Osprey for about five minutes, wanting to steal a fish the Osprey had just caught. The hawk went ballistic on the eagle, hitting it repeatedly. I final blow caused the eagle to suddenly drop in altitude and give up on chasing the osprey. The Red-tailed Hawk never went for the Osprey.

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What

Inca Dove (Columbina inca)

Observer

lizaragon

Date

March 18, 2023 11:21 AM CST

Description

tortolitas cortejo

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What

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Observer

ezpixels

Date

July 6, 2023

Description

Taken with phone so couldn't get closer shot

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What

Western Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia ssp. hypugaea)

Observer

xochitlzeta

Date

July 31, 2023 09:22 AM PDT

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What

Eastern Honey Mesquite (Neltuma glandulosa var. glandulosa)

Observer

catherine_g

Date

July 17, 2023 10:08 AM CDT

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What

Merlin (Falco columbarius)

Observer

anudibranchmom

Date

January 8, 2019 12:23 PM PST

Description

Experts - What is going on here? This male American Kestrel sure did seem to have the hots for this female Merlin. He kept trying to get close to her and even brought her a few treats (insects?) from the grass beneath the fence. She accepted the treats but didn't seem thrilled with the attention. However, when he flew off, she followed him...

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What

Velvet Mesquite (Neltuma velutina)

Observer

alecc

Date

December 23, 2020 10:22 AM MST

Description

I have a separate observation for the Pyrrhuloxia

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What

Chilean Mesquite (Neltuma chilensis)

Observer

finatic

Date

July 27, 2015 01:17 PM PDT

Description

Pinal County, Arizona, US

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What

Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis)

Observer

robgumpert

Date

June 26, 2023

Description

Adult and two chicks roosting in the gravel inside a utility yard.

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What

Leconte's Thrasher (Toxostoma lecontei)

Observer

jaykeller

Date

May 28, 2016 05:49 PM PDT

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What

Desert Iguana (Dipsosaurus dorsalis)

Observer

cbruner

Date

April 5, 2018 12:07 PM PDT

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What

California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)

Observer

mccreedy

Date

September 10, 2016 09:27 AM HST

Description

AZ first record

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What

California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)

Observer

micrathene

Date

September 11, 2016 07:38 AM MDT

Description

Known rarity a first state record if accepted!

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What

Elf Owl (Micrathene whitneyi)

Observer

colejwolf

Date

July 19, 2004 07:59 AM MST

Description

Banded and released as part of project investigating saguaro use by the bird community; handled with appropriate federal and local permits

*obs for bird on left, not the WESO

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What

Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus)

Observer

kevinnatu23

Date

March 3, 2023 12:11 PM MST

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What

Domestic Chicken (Gallus gallus var. domesticus)

Observer

susanelizabeth82

Date

June 14, 2023 08:27 AM HST

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What

Domestic Chicken (Gallus gallus var. domesticus)

Observer

mjc908

Date

June 4, 2022 01:41 PM EDT

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What

Domestic Chicken (Gallus gallus var. domesticus)

Observer

susanelizabeth82

Date

June 16, 2023 10:20 AM HST

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What

Domestic Chicken (Gallus gallus var. domesticus)

Observer

lettherebelight

Date

July 30, 2021 07:31 PM EDT

Description

I had to.

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What

Domestic Chicken (Gallus gallus var. domesticus)

Observer

nicholaskurtin

Date

March 1, 2020 12:38 PM UTC

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What

Domestic Chicken (Gallus gallus var. domesticus)

Observer

lettherebelight

Date

February 19, 2021 11:33 AM HST

Description

"Hello world!"
Says Toots the rooster.

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What

Coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum)

Observer

cstewart88

Date

May 12, 2023 05:31 PM MST

Photos / Sounds

What

Inca Dove (Columbina inca)

Observer

marcozozaya

Date

September 24, 2021 11:50 AM CDT

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What

Mojave Rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus)

Observer

lutes

Date

May 30, 2023 06:20 AM MST

Description

Restricted access area

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What

Common Ground Dove (Columbina passerina)

Observer

sacagewea2

Date

March 3, 2019 09:43 AM EST

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What

Common Ground Dove (Columbina passerina)

Observer

swbirder

Date

May 2023

Description

NW residential Brawley.

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What

Rattlesnakes (Genus Crotalus)

Observer

j2cworld

Date

April 28, 2022 07:33 PM MST

Description

Mockingbird and Curve-bill Thrashers "mobbing" a Tiger Rattlesnake.

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What

Florida Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis ssp. pratensis)

Observer

seaheart88

Date

April 18, 2018 03:07 PM EDT

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What

White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

Observer

suebarnum

Date

April 8, 2023 12:40 PM MDT

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What

Western Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia ssp. hypugaea)

Observer

xochitlzeta

Date

April 4, 2023 07:22 AM PDT

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What

White-tailed Antelope Squirrel (Ammospermophilus leucurus)

Observer

kilawea

Date

February 25, 2019 04:24 PM CST

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What

California Ground Squirrel (Otospermophilus beecheyi)

Observer

billpalmer

Date

August 8, 2021 03:44 PM PDT

Description

the squirrel and dove were inseparable!

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What

Mesquites (Genus Neltuma)

Observer

cerrogrande1

Date

April 27, 2019 12:35 PM UTC

Photos / Sounds

What

Mesquites (Genus Neltuma)

Observer

cerrogrande1

Date

April 27, 2019 01:08 PM UTC

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What

Mesquites (Genus Neltuma)

Observer

cerrogrande1

Date

April 27, 2019 12:27 PM UTC

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What

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus)

Observer

pamelaweston

Date

January 14, 2023 11:03 AM PST

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What

Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma woodhouseii)

Observer

acaciamissedit

Date

March 17, 2020 11:40 AM MDT

Description

Ongoing rarity in Palm Canyon.

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What

White Leadtree (Leucaena leucocephala)

Date

September 9, 2022 06:56 PM CDT

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What

Smooth Mesquite (Neltuma laevigata)

Observer

carloshipolito

Date

April 30, 2021 05:31 PM CDT

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What

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

Observer

skunkfangs

Date

April 25, 2022

Description

A very stern-looking friend.

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What

White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

Observer

anverver

Date

July 20, 2022 06:35 AM MST

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What

Gila Woodpecker (Melanerpes uropygialis)

Observer

larivera

Date

March 31, 2020 05:38 PM MST

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What

Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)

Observer

nbyle

Date

December 18, 2022 11:38 AM MST

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What

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)

Observer

jennbixby

Date

December 8, 2022 04:19 PM MST

Photos / Sounds

What

Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea)

Observer

miguelandrs

Date

February 29, 2020 02:17 PM EST

Photos / Sounds

What

Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea)

Observer

miguelandrs

Date

February 29, 2020 02:16 PM EST

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What

Mexican Giant Cactus (Pachycereus pringlei)

Observer

packardr90

Date

April 25, 2013 06:45 PM MDT

Photos / Sounds

What

White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

Observer

danielb98

Date

April 28, 2022 11:04 AM MST

Photos / Sounds

What

Desert Cottontail (Sylvilagus audubonii)

Observer

jennbixby

Date

November 22, 2022 08:47 AM MST

Photos / Sounds

What

Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)

Observer

taday

Date

December 13, 2021 11:04 AM MST

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What

Orange-fronted Parakeet (Eupsittula canicularis)

Observer

ana1444

Date

May 2022

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Observer

scamposv

Date

October 8, 2022 06:26 PM CDT

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What

California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus)

Observer

jacquie52

Date

April 2022

Description

This juvenile was sitting very close to the high peaks trail

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What

White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

Observer

kristian15

Date

October 20, 2022 06:39 PM CDT

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What

Aldabra Rail (Dryolimnas cuvieri ssp. aldabranus)

Observer

bruno_mels

Date

May 23, 2020 12:21 PM +04

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What

Inca Dove (Columbina inca)

Observer

saul_pinedo

Date

February 5, 2022 01:25 PM CST

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What

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)

Observer

jayodell

Date

June 18, 2018 08:29 AM EDT

Description

This dove literally landed in my lap during offshore sailing passage from Bahamas to Beaufort North Carolina. It was very tired and wet, dried and preened its feathers while catching a ride for about 24 hours before it flew away.

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What

Western Honey Mesquite (Neltuma odorata)

Observer

escalanteslim

Date

November 6, 2022 11:03 AM PST

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What

Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)

Date

September 25, 2018 07:34 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Eared Dove (Zenaida auriculata)

Observer

pedrogarabaya

Date

October 8, 2022 08:32 AM -03

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What

California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)

Observer

anudibranchmom

Date

November 11, 2020 08:54 AM PST

Description

The California Thrasher stood its ground

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What

Feral Pigeon (Columba livia var. domestica)

Observer

hendre17

Date

February 2017

Description

Bright pink/brown morph rock pigeon. There are 28 variety of morph feathers for rock pigeons. This one is strikingly beautiful in the right light.

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What

Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

October 11, 2014 02:48 PM CDT

Description

I Wonder If That Means Me?
Caught this mockingbird apparently reading the sign and contemplating crossing the barrier.

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What

Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia)

Observer

megstarnature

Date

August 8, 2021 01:00 PM PDT

Description

Absolute beast of a Joshua Tree next to an abandoned convenience store. Shot on an 00's digital camera.

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What

Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea)

Observer

linpiest

Date

January 1, 2012

Description

Photo by Tim Tibbitts, date approximate

Photos / Sounds

Observer

bugs4fun

Date

November 7, 2021 12:31 PM MST

Description

Pachycereus - Thick Torch

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What

Inca Dove (Columbina inca)

Observer

dutchjohn

Date

June 23, 2022 08:31 AM MST

Photos / Sounds

What

Screwbean (Strombocarpa pubescens)

Observer

mjandersen

Date

June 20, 2022 06:38 AM MST

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What

Pitayas (Genus Stenocereus)

Observer

josephscheer

Date

March 28, 2011 07:44 AM EDT

Description

This is a hybrid between Stenocereus thurberi x alamosensis

This was close to the road but I think they widen it and it may not be there anymore

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What

Finches, Euphonias, and Allies (Family Fringillidae)

Observer

so-cal-bc-doc

Date

May 28, 2022 03:33 PM PDT

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