Some wildlife I spotted on a hike today.

Some wildlife I spotted on a hike today. It was really nice in the shade, but it was also very hilly, and uncomfortably warm in the sun. I ended up staggering back to the car at the end.

The yellow and black bird is some sort of oriole. The black and white one is a black phoebe. I think the rabbit is a desert cottontail.

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This northern mockingbird flew across the street and landed on a lawn.

This northern mockingbird flew across the street and landed on a lawn. While I got the camera out, it flew up to a rooftop, then flew across the street again to land on a signpost, where it stretched its wings briefly (as seen here).

Fun fact: mockingbirds are able to recognize individual humans, and their ability to mimic sounds extends beyond birds to cats, dogs, and even car alarms. https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/14886-Mimus-polyglottos

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kelsonv: “This northern mockingbird flew…”

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Spot the squirrels!

Two squirrels blending into a palm tree trunk.

Spot the squirrels!

I heard noises from this palm tree and went to look. I couldn't quite catch *what* was moving up there at first, so I just pointed the camera up to where I saw movement and took a few shots. Turned out to be these two squirrels, who then chased each other around the trunk, chittering and knocking debris down.

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This mourning dove seems to have buried its legs in a mound of loose dirt.

This mourning dove seems to have buried its legs in a mound of loose dirt. Do birds like the feel of loose dirt between their toes like humans like the feel of wet sand?

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I’m not sure, but it looks like it may have buried its feet in the loose dirt.

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A dove spotted this morning.

A dove spotted this morning. I just walked around the neighborhood and most of the birds I spotted were on cables like this.

Might be a mourning dove, turtle dove, or collared dove. If you happen to know, feel free to chime in at #iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/40535563

#birds #photo #dove

kelsonv: A dove spotted this

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Sun halo. At ground level it was in the low 70s, but up in the sky it was cold enough for ice crystals. It’s hard to be sure, but I think there’s a bit of a circumscribed halo just outside the main curve of the circular halo.

Sun halo. At ground level it was in the low 70s, but up in the sky it was cold enough for ice crystals. It’s hard to be sure, but I think there’s a bit of a circumscribed halo just outside the main curve of the circular halo.

Sun halo. At ground level it was in the low 70s, but up in the sky it was cold enough for ice crystals. It’s hard to be sure, but I think there’s a bit of a circumscribed halo just outside the main curve of the circular halo.

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