I have been fortunate to make two trips into the desert this month. The second was a brief escape from a meeting in Las Vegas to the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada. The refuge, which was plucked from the hands of developers at the 11th hour, hosts a number of endemic fish and plant species.
Except for a few brief glimpses of a Phainopepla (Phainopepla niters), birds were in short supply during my visit.
But some quality time spent face-to-face with a Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) more than made up for the scarcity of other avian life.