Spring Birding | Cottonwood Spring Oasis, Joshua Tree National Park, CA

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Joshua Tree NP--Cottonwood Campground Hotspot on eBird

Habitat: Desert

The resident Black-throated sparrow greeted us upon our arrival at the Cottonwood Campground.

Dark-eyed Junco, rare in the area foraging nearby.

On our way to Cottonwood Spring Oasis, a Northern Mockingbird perched on a California Juniper was starring at us.

We spotted a Ladder-backed Woodpecker in the distance.

We reached the Cottonwood Spring Oasis.

We took a peak amongst the palm trees but did not stay long as it was getting late. We saw a Common Yellowthroat, Warbling Vireo, Lesser Goldfinch, several Chipping and Black-throated Sparrows getting a drink. View inside the Oasis.

View from one of the slippery rocks.

Hermit Thrush.

Near the entrance of the Oasis, there were many Turkey Vulture and a male Hooded Oriole.

The following morning, as we were getting ready for our hike, a Loggerhead Shrike was hunting near our campsite.

We parked on the Oasis parking lot and checked out the Oasis for a few minutes, the Hermit Thrush was still present together with a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

A pair of Black-tailed Gnatcatcher was visible for a while as we started our hike to Lost Palms Oasis.

Orange-crowned Warbler feasting on Ocotillo flowers.

Female or juvenile Costa's Hummingbird.

In the distance, the Salton sea.

We turned around after three miles and noticed an handsome male Costa's Hummingbird.

Long-nosed leopard lizard.

Western patch-nosed snake.

Back to our campsite, we grabbed lunch, rested for a while and decided to try a new trail.

Say's Phoebe catching bees.

We reached the former Winona Mill site.

Common Raven letting us know we were not welcome.

Hammond's Flycatcher.

We observed a shy MacGillivray's Warbler and this Anna's Hummingbird.

We decided to return to the Oasis late afternoon on the following day. Male Cassin's Finch, rare at the Oasis.

Townsend's Solitaire getting a drink, rare as well.

As we hiked back to our campsite, we met with an other Townsend's Solitaire by the road.

When we reached the campground, a pair of Cactus Wren was present being very vocal while chasing each other around.