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Nests and Chicks of 2006 - South West Deserts

This photo collection of nests, chicks
and juvenile birds are some of the
many hopeful signs we have seen in
the wild and sometimes not so wild on
 Nature Trips this spring and summer
in California

Thanks to all those generous folks
who took the time to post sightings,
contact us or offer access so we
could capture some of these images
South Western Desert birds are use
to prickly situations and take
advantage of the protection offered
by thorny desert trees and cactus

Above: A Verdin completes it's
thorny twig nest using spider webs
to bind it all together at the end
Cactus Wren's often use Cholla
Cactus (above left) for their
relatively large pouch shaped
nests but a thorny tree will do in
a pinch. This literate bird in
Cactus Pipe Organ N.M. (Az.)
used newspaper as well
A fledged Yellow-rumped Warbler was already present
Favoring similar nesting cavities, Tree
Swallows and Western Bluebirds
often become close neighbors

This young Common Yellowthroat
was closely following it's parents on a
June 9th visit to the Tijuana Slough in
San Diego county
Despite the gloomy, overcast skies
during a late July Nature Trip to
San Diego county one of the
brightest spots for us this year has
been  this visit to the Border Fields
beach to see the wonderful Plover
and Tern colonies at this locale
As luck would have it we ran
into a field biologist for the
U.S. Department of Wildlife
who works with endangered
species here and when he
found out our interest
graciously pointed out many
nests and juvenile birds he
has been monitoring.
Above: Our first ever closeup look
at a Least Tern Nest. Needless to
say, we were thrilled:
As mentioned, the light wasn't
great, but the scenery was just
amazing! 20 or more species
of shorebirds, at least four
species of Tern, Kites,
Harriers, Cormorants and
Pelicans flying all about us