I decided to go birding out in Borrego Springs and the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park today. I first stopped at Lake Henshaw where I saw my first mountain bluebird and I think I saw three snow geese there along with white pelicans.
I haven't been to Borrego Springs in a while because of high gas prices, but I wanted to see the new Borrego Springs sign.
I was also surprised to see that Borrego Valley Foods is gone, but I think it had closed down when I was there last. There's a new art institute there now and they were having an art show:
I really came to see birds and add to my life list and went to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor's Center to see some of them. They have a nice garden and variety of desert plants. But, I didn't find a whole lot of birds to photograph. Mostly, I got a couple photos of this verdin:
They were very active like warblers, jumping around and chasing each other and other birds. I think they're related to chickadees and bushtits:
There was also a greater roadrunner who quickly hid as soon as he saw me. I didn't see him again. I saw a mama Costa's hummingbird and her nest and cute babies. And, I swear I saw and heard a black-tailed gnatcatcher in the Visitor's Center parking lot. Their vocalizations are nothing at all like the blue-gray or California gnatcatcher. I think I saw a verdin chase one away.
I also saw a blooming agave:
Here is the view of the valley from the Visitor's Center.
I went to the Ramona pond, just outside Ramona, on the way home and saw some killdeer, yellowlegs, shovelers, coots, and dowitchers, but no tundra swans or snow geese. The photos I took didn't come out very well. The property is up for sale, too. I would love to buy it just so that I could watch the killdeer every day.