*New – added Black-throated Sparrow & Scott’s Oriole to the Photo Gallery on October 19, 2014

These two birds are infrequent visitors to Orange County however I was able to capture images of both of these striking species at Joshua Tree National Park on the Pine City Trail on April 24, 2013.  For those unfamiliar, Joshua Tree is approximately a 2 hour drive from Orange County.

A shortcut to the Black-throated Sparrow and Scott’s Oriole gallery page can be found here:

The Pine City trail was a most desolate location in the park.  This particular hike lasted an hour in each direction from the foot of the main trail.  Below are several photos along the way to the rock formation.  We also encountered a Scott’s Oriole.

The arid desert Pine City Trail located in Joshua Tree National Park, California.  Photo taken with Canon 8-15mm fisheye lens (HDR processed) taken on April 24, 2013
The arid desert Pine City Trail located in Joshua Tree National Park, California. Photo taken with Canon 8-15mm fisheye lens (HDR processed) taken on April 24, 2013

 

Fairly large in size as compared to the White-tailed rabbits commonly found in Orange County
A black-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus californicus). Fairly large in size as compared to the White-tailed rabbits commonly found in Orange County. Thanks to Ryan Winkleman for the rabbit ID.
A slight cooling reprieve can be found as the sun casts it shadows against taller objects such as these Joshua Trees
A slight cooling reprieve can be found as the sun casts it shadows against taller objects such as these Joshua Trees (Yucca brevifolia)

 

Spring bloom of the Hedgehog Cactus on the Pine City Trail at Joshua Tree National Park.  Photo take on Paril 24, 2013
Spring bloom of the Hedgehog Cactus on the Pine City Trail at Joshua Tree National Park. Photo take on Paril 24, 2013

 

 

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