Carrizo Plain National Monument

I had a really great start to the past weekend.  It started by seeing the male bobcat at Lake Los Carneros, which always brightens my day.  The following morning I got up super-early and drove out to the Carrizo Plain with the goal of finding a group of Pronghorn.  I did end up finding the Pronghorn, but they stayed too far away to get great pictures.  Seeing a sizable herd of Tule Elk helped make up for it though.  This year doesn’t have the amazing flower displays of year’s past, but there are still some good areas.  It could still be early for the peak flowers, but it was below freezing when I arrived with frost along the roadside plants.  There were also plenty of birds, including numerous small groups of Ravens roosting and flying together.  I definitely spent more time watching them than taking photos, so I don’t have anything worth posting.  They are a lot of fun to watch and listen to.

 

“Rise and Shine”  –  Carrizo Plain National Monument, San Luis Obispo County, CA

 

“Dwarfed Hills”  –  Carrizo Plain National Monument, San Luis Obispo County, CA

 

“Tule Elk”  –  Carrizo Plain National Monument, San Luis Obispo County, CA

 

“Pronghorn”  –  Carrizo Plain National Monument, San Luis Obispo County, CA

 

“Horned Lark I”  –  Carrizo Plain National Monument, San Luis Obispo County, CA

 

“Horned Lark II”  –  Carrizo Plain National Monument, San Luis Obispo County, CA

 

“Meadowlark”  –  Carrizo Plain National Monument, San Luis Obispo County, CA

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