BY Mary Wilson
April 11, 2018


There are poppies at the reserve but not like last year. You can spot them along the trails and they are now starting to bloom among the goldfields. Other plants to look for are: fiddleneck, filaree, forget-me-nots, milkvetch, blue dick, grape soda lupine, combs bur, fringe pod, wild cucumber, lacy phacelia and the beaver-tail cactus has flower buds and will be blooming soon.
Do look for birds as several have been spotted, including: horned larks, loggerhead shrikes, turkey vultures, house finches, ravens, red-tailed hawks, roadrunner, and white-crowned sparrows.


The female lays a clutch of 5-7 eggs and incubates them for 28-30 days. The eggs are round, smooth, white and about 1.25 inches long. The female does all the incubation and brooding and is believed to stay entirely in the burrow at this time. The males bring food to the female during the incubation period. He also brings food for the chicks and mother during the early nesting stages. Most eggs hatch, however, only 4-5 chicks survive to leave the nest.