Three inflorescences of Pholisma arenarium on coarse sandy soil in an open space between shrubs, mostly dried
Before taking their picture, this pair of ravens were preening one another, indicative of a bonded pair.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A single calling male was seen feeding and heard calling from the brush.
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.
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.
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.
A single lark sparrow was observed during a GBBC survey at Barker Dam. Time of the observation was 10:20 a.m.
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.
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.
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.
A flock of about 30+ dark-eyed juncos were seen at Barker Dam. Time was about 8:15 a.m.
Seen feeding in leaf litter along the dry lakebed at Barker Dam. Sighting was about 2:45 p.m.
Two loggerhead shrikes were seen at Barker Dam. Time was about 2:30 p.m.
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
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.
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.
Seen about 9:30 a.m. near the Rattlesnake Canyon Picnic Area on the east side of Indian Cove Campground. Location is approximate.