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2016 – November Birds In The Mojave

Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus

When I’m camping with the science team from the San Diego Natural History Museum, I try to find time to chase birds. Autumn migration can provide some nice surprises, but there are several residents that can usually be found in the area. The Black-Throated Sparrow, the Cactus Wren, the Rock Wren, the Bewick’s Wren and the Ladder-Backed Woodpecker are usually lurking somewhere near, no matter which part of the desert you may find yourself. I found White-Crowned and Vesper Sparrows on the last trip, and Northern Flickers. At Cedar Canyon, where the desert transitions from scrub and Joshua Tree habitat to Juniper and Pines, I also met Bushtits. The Bushtits I met here differed from those I usually meet in Poway. The sides of their faces, around the ears were darker colored. Some of the juncos here differed from the Oregon Dark-Eyed Juncos I’m used to meeting in southern California. There were Slate-Colored members of the junco troops here. This variety of junco is usually associated with the Rocky Mountains.

Below are a few examples of the birds I met during my recent outing to the Mojave. As I prepare for another camp out next week (final excursion of the season), I want to share with you the feathered friends I met two weeks ago.

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