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Desert Christmas Tree Pholisma arenarium

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aliyawyethia

Date

August 26, 2015 11:45 AM PDT

Description

Three inflorescences of Pholisma arenarium on coarse sandy soil in an open space between shrubs, mostly dried

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Joshua Tree Yucca brevifolia

Observer

johndoyle

Date

August 1, 2015

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Common Raven Corvus corax

Observer

rjadams55

Date

May 4, 2012

Description

Before taking their picture, this pair of ravens were preening one another, indicative of a bonded pair.

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Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris

Observer

rjadams55

Date

May 4, 2012

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Checkered White Pontia protodice

Observer

xranger2013

Date

August 10, 2015

Description

Numerous checkered whites were observed near the Maze Loop Trailhead. Location is approximate. Several were found in a large patch of chinch weed that is blooming after recent monsoonal rains. Time of the observation was 10:15 a.m. Other butterflies sound in this same flower patch included painted lady, marine blue, orange sulphur, and dainty sulphur.

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Great Purple Hairstreak Atlides halesus

Observer

xranger2013

Date

August 10, 2015

Description

A single great purple hairstreak was found feeding on yucca buckwheat that line Joshua Tree National Park's main road near its West Entrance. Location is approximate. Time of the observation was 11:10 a.m. Many of the catclaw acacia in this area are parasitized by mistletoe creating habitat for the hairstreaks.

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yucca wild buckwheat Eriogonum plumatella

Observer

xranger2013

Date

August 10, 2015

Description

This plant occurs in some numbers at the Maze Loop Trailhead and it lines the main park road, mostly on its south side for about a half-mile to the west of this location. My plant ID skills are not real strong so I welcome corrections and feedback.

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Sagebrush Checkerspot Chlosyne acastus

Observer

xranger2013

Date

August 10, 2015

Description

Numerous sagebrush checkerspots were seen in the area near the Maze Loop/North View trail junction within Joshua Tree NP. many looked quite fresh. Photos attached here show two of the individuals observed. Location is approximate. Seven individuals were observed within a 1/4- mile radius of this point.

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Small Checkered Skipper Pyrgus scriptura

Observer

xranger2013

Date

August 10, 2015

Description

A small checkered-skipper was found using yucca buckwheat plants along the edge of the big mud puddle near the Maze Loop Trailhead at Joshua Tree NP. Time was 11:00 a.m. Location is approximate.

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Desert Metalmark Apodemia mormo ssp. deserti

Observer

xranger2013

Date

August 10, 2015

Description

I'm requesting help on the ID of the larva. I believe it is a desert metalmark larva, but I haven't been able to find good pictures online. The plant the larva is on is a desert trumpet, Eriogonum inflatum. The adult is a newly emerged Apodemia mormo deserti found taking advantage of a large mud puddle created by recent monsoonal rains.

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Gambel's Quail Callipepla gambelii

Observer

rjadams55

Date

April 5, 2012

Description

A single calling male was seen feeding and heard calling from the brush.

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Beavertail Cactus Opuntia basilaris

Observer

trichomanes

Date

June 19, 2014

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Desert Metalmark Apodemia mormo ssp. deserti

Observer

xranger2013

Date

August 2, 2015

Description

A single, fairly tattered, Desert Metalmark was found nectaring on flowering dodder that was growing on a desert willow. The dodder was attracting other butterflies including marine, ceraunus, Reakirt's, and western pygmy-blues. We also saw a gray hairstreak later on the same plant.

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Ceraunus Blue Hemiargus ceraunus

Observer

xranger2013

Date

August 2, 2015

Description

These were common today (15± seen) in acacia, desert willow, and rabbitbrush along park washes in the Barker Dam Lost Horse areas of the park. Some were very fresh looking.

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Queen Butterfly Danaus gilippus

Observer

xranger2013

Date

August 2, 2015

Description

This is one of three Queens we saw today. They were all notable for their very small size, not much more than half the size of a typical queen in this area. It appears to be puncturing the desert willow blossom at its base to reach the nectar. Location is approximate.

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Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus

Observer

xranger2013

Date

February 15, 2014

Description

A single lark sparrow was observed during a GBBC survey at Barker Dam. Time of the observation was 10:20 a.m.

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Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina

Observer

xranger2013

Date

February 15, 2014

Description

Seventy-six chipping sparrows were recorded during a Great Backyard Bird Count survey of the barker Dam area. The cattail marsh below the dam face was an especially good location to find them. Time of the observation was 9:50 a.m.

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Golden-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla

Observer

xranger2013

Date

February 15, 2014

Description

Seven golden-crowned sparrows were observed during a Great Backyard Bird Count survey of the Barker Dam area. The winter of 2013/2014 was a good one for sparrow diversity at Joshua Tree. Golden-crowned sparrows are usually uncommon, but they were relatively easy to find this winter. Time of the observation was 8:40 a.m.

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Bell's Sparrow Artemisiospiza belli

Observer

xranger2013

Date

February 14, 2014

Description

A single Bell's sparrow was seen foraging on the slopes above the Indian Cove Nature Trail at Joshua Tree National Park. The bird was found during a Great Backyard Bird Count survey of the Indian Cove area. Bird was observed at 2:50 p.m. Location is approximate.

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Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis

Observer

xranger2013

Date

February 13, 2015

Description

A flock of about 30+ dark-eyed juncos were seen at Barker Dam. Time was about 8:15 a.m.

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Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus

Observer

xranger2013

Date

January 13, 2015

Description

Seen feeding in leaf litter along the dry lakebed at Barker Dam. Sighting was about 2:45 p.m.

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Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus

Observer

xranger2013

Date

January 13, 2015

Description

Two loggerhead shrikes were seen at Barker Dam. Time was about 2:30 p.m.

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Singleleaf Pinyon Pine Pinus monophylla

Observer

rjadams55

Date

April 4, 2012

Description

This is the only species of pine in the park. This slow-growing pine was only found in fair numbers among the large boulderfields in the northern part of the park, especially around Barker Dam

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Common Raven Corvus corax

Observer

xranger2013

Date

January 13, 2015

Description

Several ravens were seen in Joshua trees near the Barker Dam Parking Area. I caught this one was it was taking off. Time of the observation was about 3 p.m.

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Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus

Observer

xranger2013

Date

February 14, 2015

Description

Two acorn woodpeckers were seen on a Great Backyard Bird Count survey covering the area in the vicinity of Barker Dam. One was along the Wall Street Mill Trail and this one was closer to Keys Ranch. Time of the observation was about 3:30 p.m. Location is approximate.

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Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna

Observer

xranger2013

Date

February 15, 2015

Description

Seen about 9:30 a.m. near the Rattlesnake Canyon Picnic Area on the east side of Indian Cove Campground. Location is approximate.

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Scarlet Hedgehog Cactus Echinocereus coccineus

Observer

rjadams55

Date

April 4, 2012

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Pancake Prickly-pear Opuntia chlorotica

Observer

rjadams55

Date

April 4, 2012

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Brown-spined Prickly-Pear Opuntia phaeacantha

Observer

rjadams55

Date

April 4, 2012

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Greater Roadrunner Geococcyx californianus

Date

October 13, 2012