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Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) at the Oasis of Mara (50607247911)

Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) at the Oasis of Mara (50...

NPS / Emily Hassell Alt text: A cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) puffs its feathers as it sits on a branch.

Cinnamon teal (Anas cyanoptera) at Barker Dam; 3 8 17 (33322611082)
Northern Mocking Bird (31345355352)
Red-tailed Hawk (31345350132)
Turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) near Cottonwood Springs (50568692636)

Turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) near Cottonwood Springs (50568692636)

NPS / Emily Hassell Alt text: A turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) spreads its wings as it soars high in the sky.

Black-throated sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (50601992733)

Black-throated sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (50601992733)

NPS / Emily Hassell Alt text: A black-throated sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) looks for food on the desert soil.

Gambel's quail chicks (20678432374)

Gambel's quail chicks (20678432374)

Gambel's quail chicks (Callipepla gambelii), Joshua Tree National Park. NPS/Brad Sutton

Loggerhead in the rain (23535656970)
Scrub jay (37928527071)

Scrub jay (37928527071)

NPS / Robb Hannawacker

Gambel's quail (Callipepla gambelii) at Oasis of Mara (40750085043)
Northern flicker (Colaptes auratus) eating palm fruit (47716570601)
Black-throated sparrows (Amphispiza bilineata) (16215875144)

Black-throated sparrows (Amphispiza bilineata) (16215875144)

Black-throated sparrows (Amphispiza bilineata), Joshua Tree National Park. NPS/Brad Sutton

Red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) (16937513751)

Red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) (16937513751)

Red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis), Joshua Tree National Park. NPS/Brad Sutton

Red-tailed hawk and roadkill (46710043795)
Canyon wren (Catherpes mexicanus) (33341120212)
Mourning Dove (37875513876)

Mourning Dove (37875513876)

NPS / Robb Hannawacker

Ruby-crowned kinglet (Regulus calendula) at Cottonwood Springs (50580537498)

Ruby-crowned kinglet (Regulus calendula) at Cottonwood Springs (505805...

NPS / Peri Sasnett Alt text: a small beige and olive green bird perches on a branch with green leaves, with a fan palm tree in the background.

Turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) near Cottonwood Springs (50567941333)

Turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) near Cottonwood Springs (50567941333)

NPS / Emily Hassell Alt text: A turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) spreads its wings as it soars high in the sky.

Vultures Roosting at Oasis of Mara; 10 7 15 (21834317359)
Great Horned Owl (36630962606)

Great Horned Owl (36630962606)

Perched just outside the park's West Boundary. Owls are some of the harder to spot park inhabitants. NPS/Hannah Schwalbe

Ravens and roadkill (33748283028)

Ravens and roadkill (33748283028)

NPS / Glauco Puig-Santana It's important to drive slowly in the park, especially at night when wildlife are active but difficult to see.

Turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) near Cottonwood Springs (50568692491)

Turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) near Cottonwood Springs (50568692491)

NPS / Emily Hassell Alt text: A far-away turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) flies behind bare tree branches.

Vultures Roosting at Oasis of Mara; 10-7-15 (21834340709)

Vultures Roosting at Oasis of Mara; 10-7-15 (21834340709)

Turkey vultures (Cathartes aura) at Oasis of Mara, Joshua Tree National Park. NPS/Brad Sutton

Loggerhead shrike (Lanius ludovicianus); Queen Valley

Loggerhead shrike (Lanius ludovicianus); Queen Valley

Birds in Joshua Tree National Park: Loggerhead shrike (Lanius ludovicianus); Queen Valley

Ducklings at Barker Dam (44644127765)
Hummingbird wing span (33554685898)
Juvenile Barn Owl (49021436591)

Juvenile Barn Owl (49021436591)

NPS / Hannah Schwalbe Alt Text: An owl near the top of a palm tree.

Turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) (22021289285)

Turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) (22021289285)

Turkey vulture (Cathartes aura), Joshua Tree National Park. NPS/Brad Sutton

Vultures Roosting at Oasis of Mara; 10-7-15 (21398417714)

Vultures Roosting at Oasis of Mara; 10-7-15 (21398417714)

Turkey vultures (Cathartes aura) at Oasis of Mara, Joshua Tree National Park. NPS/Brad Sutton

Vultures Roosting at Oasis of Mara; 10-7-15 (22021220465)

Vultures Roosting at Oasis of Mara; 10-7-15 (22021220465)

Turkey vultures (Cathartes aura) at Oasis of Mara, Joshua Tree National Park. NPS/Brad Sutton

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) in Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) near Black Rock - 12938307524

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) in Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) ...

Birds in Joshua Tree National Park: Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) in Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) near Black Rock

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) at Barker Dam; 3 8 17 (32635298424)
Raven (Corvus corax) landing on a California fan palm (Washingtonia filifera) at the Oasis of Mara (50607016096)

Raven (Corvus corax) landing on a California fan palm (Washingtonia fi...

NPS / Emily Hassell Alt text: A raven (Corvus corax) spreads its wings to land atop the golden fronds of a California fan palm (Washingtonia filifera).

Rock wren (Salpinctes obsoletus) (30374294396)
Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) building a nest - 12938364434

Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) building a nest - 129383...

Birds in Joshua Tree National Park: Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) building a nest

Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) building a nest - 12938042023

Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) building a nest - 129380...

Birds in Joshua Tree National Park: Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) building a nest

Cedar Waxwing (37897470922)

Cedar Waxwing (37897470922)

NPS / Robb Hannawacker

Hummingbird on branch outside headquarters (47716554311)
Hummingbird Chick Learning How to Fly (32919511814)
Great Egret and Great Blue Heron at Barker Dam (24077445788)
Greater Yellowlegs (44644132705)

Greater Yellowlegs (44644132705)

NPS / Hannah Schwalbe The Greater Yellowleg is a rare sight in the park. This one was likely migrating through in the late spring and stopped at Barker Dam for food and a drink.

Ravens and roadkill (47625553891)

Ravens and roadkill (47625553891)

NPS / Glauco Puig-Santana It's important to drive slowly in the park, especially at night when wildlife are active but difficult to see.

Rock Wren (30650766524)

Rock Wren (30650766524)

NPS/Hannah Schwalbe

American Robin (Turdus migratorius) eating palm fruit (47663515852)
Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) building a nest - 12937904435

Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) building a nest - 129379...

Birds in Joshua Tree National Park: Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) building a nest

Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) building a nest - 12938027583

Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) building a nest - 129380...

Birds in Joshua Tree National Park: Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) building a nest

Campers aren't the only ones using the water spits (24884604535)
Hummingbird Chicks in Nest (33721734626)
Flock of migrating turkey vultures above the Oasis of Mara (29758913021)
Snowfall on 12-31-14 - Raven on Mojave yucca (16278014916)

Snowfall on 12-31-14 - Raven on Mojave yucca (16278014916)

Raven on Mojave yucca, Joshua Tree National Park. NPS/Brad Sutton

Turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) near Cottonwood Springs (50568824392)

Turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) near Cottonwood Springs (50568824392)

NPS / Emily Hassell Alt text: A turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) sits atop a rocky mountainside as it grooms itself.

Cactus Wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) on teddybear cholla (20730946272)

Cactus Wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) on teddybear cholla (207...

Cactus Wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) on teddybear cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii), Joshua Tree National Park. NPS/Brad Sutton

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)

Birds in Joshua Tree National Park: Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)

Black-throated sparrows (Amphispiza bilineata) (16215871384)

Black-throated sparrows (Amphispiza bilineata) (16215871384)

Black-throated sparrows (Amphispiza bilineata), Joshua Tree National Park. NPS/Brad Sutton

California thrasher (Toxostoma redivivum)

California thrasher (Toxostoma redivivum)

Birds in Joshua Tree National Park: California thrasher (Toxostoma redivivum)

Unidentified Flycatcher (20740872075)

Unidentified Flycatcher (20740872075)

Unidentified Flycatcher, Joshua Tree National Park. NPS/Brad Sutton

Red-tailed hawk (37875503046)

Red-tailed hawk (37875503046)

NPS / Robb Hannawacker

Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) building a nest

Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) building a nest

Birds in Joshua Tree National Park: Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) building a nest

Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) building a nest - 12937993255

Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) building a nest - 129379...

Birds in Joshua Tree National Park: Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) building a nest

Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus tuberculifer) Takes Flight from Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata) (15116149633)

Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus tuberculifer) Takes Flight from Cre...

Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus tuberculifer) takes flight from creosote bush (Larrea tridentata), Joshua Tree National Park. NPS/Brad Sutton

Scrub Jay (31454495166)

Scrub Jay (31454495166)

NPS/Hannah Schwalbe

Greater roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) at Oasis Visitor Center in Twentynine Palms (32133748614)
Greater roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) with lizard offering (32773239567)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) on mojave yucca (20730957142)

Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) on mojave yucca (20730957...

Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) on mojave yucca, Joshua Tree National Park. NPS/Brad Sutton

Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) (17388054719)

Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) (17388054719)

Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus), Joshua Tree National Park. NPS/Brad Sutton

Hummingbird drinking nectar (46515565425)
Costa's Hummingbird (26293146609)

Costa's Hummingbird (26293146609)

NPS / Glauco Puig-Santana

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) in Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) near Black Rock

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) in Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) ...

Birds in Joshua Tree National Park: Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) in Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) near Black Rock

Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus)

Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus)

Birds in Joshua Tree National Park: Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus)

Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) - 12938133183

Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) - 12938133183

Birds in Joshua Tree National Park: Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus)

Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus tuberculifer) on Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata) (15115581524)

Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus tuberculifer) on Creosote Bush (Lar...

Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus tuberculifer) on creosote bush (Larrea tridentata), Joshua Tree National Park. NPS/Brad Sutton

Black-throated Sparrow (14979852526)

Black-throated Sparrow (14979852526)

Black-throated Sparrow, Joshua Tree National Park. NPS/Cathy Bell

Twentynine Palms banner Oasis of Mara

Twentynine Palms banner Oasis of Mara

Turkey vultures (Cathartes aura) at Oasis of Mara, Joshua Tree National Park. NPS/Brad Sutton

Juvenile Barn Owl (48992335797)

Juvenile Barn Owl (48992335797)

Photo: NPS / Alessandra Puig-Santana

Turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) near Cottonwood Springs (50568824042)

Turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) near Cottonwood Springs (50568824042)

NPS / Emily Hassell Alt text: A turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) beats its wings as it soars high in the sky.

White-crowned sparrow (37897406642)
Greater roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) - 12938079055

Greater roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) - 12938079055

Birds in Joshua Tree National Park: Greater roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)

Burrowing Owl (37219062444)

Burrowing Owl (37219062444)

NPS / Robb Hannawacker

Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) at the Oasis of Mara (50606271628)

Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) at the Oasis of Mara (50...

NPS / Emily Hassell Alt text: A cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) sits atop a branch in the golden morning light.

Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) at the Oasis of Mara (50606271783)

Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) at the Oasis of Mara (50...

NPS / Emily Hassell Alt text: A cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) sits atop a branch in the golden morning light.

Cooper's Hawk at Oasis of Mara (47716525831)
Hummingbirds in Nest (33378082190)
Hummingbirds Parent Feeding Chicks (32949751173)
Red-tailed hawk and Joshua tree (40659177473)
Scrub Jay (30650775364)

Scrub Jay (30650775364)

NPS/Hannah Schwalbe

Scrub Jay in fire pit (31120579320)
Roadrunner with Gambel's quail chick (21113230218)

Roadrunner with Gambel's quail chick (21113230218)

Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) with Gambel's quail chick (Callipepla gambelii), Joshua Tree National Park. NPS/Brad Sutton

Sleepy Barn Owl (49021434741)

Sleepy Barn Owl (49021434741)

NPS / Hannah Schwalbe Alt Text: An owl with closed eyes near the top of a palm tree.

Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) feeding at Barker Dam; 3 8 17 (33350369341)
Gambel's quail (Callipepla gambelii)

Gambel's quail (Callipepla gambelii)

Birds in Joshua Tree National Park: Gambel's quail (Callipepla gambelii)

Ducklings at Barker Dam (44644124795)
Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) building a nest - 12938376254

Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) building a nest - 129383...

Birds in Joshua Tree National Park: Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) building a nest

Cooper's Hawk at Oasis of Mara (47663532772)
Gambel's quail (Callipepla gambelii) (16750987760)

Gambel's quail (Callipepla gambelii) (16750987760)

Gambel's quail (Callipepla gambelii), Joshua Tree National Park. NPS/Brad Sutton

Gambel's quail (Callipepla gambelii) at Oasis of Mara (46800220365)
Gambel's Quail (Callipepla gambelii), male (20117663704)

Gambel's Quail (Callipepla gambelii), male (20117663704)

Gambel's Quail (Callipepla gambelii), male, Joshua Tree National Park. NPS/Brad Sutton

Cinnamon teal (Anas cyanoptera) at Barker Dam; 3 8 17 (33095017500)
Northern Mocking Bird (31491785695)
Raven and roadkill (47625552741)

Raven and roadkill (47625552741)

NPS / Glauco Puig-Santana It's important to drive slowly in the park, especially at night when wildlife are active but difficult to see.

Sparrow nestlings in cholla nest (40733986283)
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