Winter Roadtrip 2016-2: Joshua Tree National Park-Cottonwood Area

I loved the Cottonwood campground.  There was hardly anyone there, and we were able to find a campsite where you can see the Sunset, and stars from our windows at night.  It was sunny and warmer, and there were quite few birds chirping all over the campground.

We birded at the campground, and did the three-mile loop trail to Mastodon Peak.  Beautiful!!

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 Le Conte’s Thrasherdsc_0078  Black-throated Sparrowdsc_0254

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Out of focus, but is this Female, Ladder-backed Woodpecker?  All about birds says, “A small black-and-white woodpecker of the southwestern United States and Mexico that forages and nests in cactus.”

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Trails to  Mastodon Peak

dsc_0191Mastodon Minedsc_0214   Amazing plants!dsc_0237

Cottonwood Spring Oasisdsc_0244

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