Chick sighting in the nest

The first sighting of at least one owlet occurred this morning. As I was setting up my camera the female perched on the edge of the nest area, I snapped a photo, and the mother flew off. The chick was apparently back inside the nest, not to be seen. 

Still nesting …

 This Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) has been sitting on the nest in this palm for more than one month. This is the most of the owl's body that has been seen to date. Could the hatchlings be deeper in the nest? The short answer is "yes" as there is a cavity behind the female where the chick has been spotted briefly.

Kingston Trio Performs in Borrego Springs

They are setting up video for PBS. Special coming up on the Kingston Trio. The current Kingston Trio in blue shirts (from the left, George Grove, second longest Trio member at 38 years; Bill Zorn, former member of the New Christy Minstrels; and tenor Rick Dougherty formerlt of the Limeliters, and Bob Shane, founding member of the Trio in the middle. Close up of Bob Shane while singing Scotch and Soda. He later sang a second, one of their hits, Tom Dooley

Wonderful outdoor concert in beautiful Borrego Springs.

Nesting Great Horned Owl

This female Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) is nesting in a plam tree on the campus of Borrego Springs High School. She has been sitting on an unknown number of eggs for about 3 weeks. The male Great Horned has been seen on roofs and in nearby trees

Patton's Army Train

This photo, looking north, shows a series of wooden railroad ties that were part of a double track railroad. Until recently this was a railroad spur for short produce trains that frequently carried sugar beets. In the mid-1940s this rail line served as a vital link in providing supplies to a military base, the Thermal Ground Support Base or Thermal Army Airfield. The base was established as an Army training base as the US entered World War II. General George Patton trained troops for the invasion of North Africa at the base. 

The Jacquelin Cochran Regional Airport in Thermal makes use of the two 5,000-foot runways that were also part of the base. Finally, the Thermal Army Airfield is on the official list of POW Camps during WWII.