I though it would be fun to show you some animals we saw in Palm Desert. Not those we saw at the Living Desert as I already shared a post on it. Sometimes, when we went for a walk by a golf course, we saw jack rabbits.
Hares and jackrabbits are leporids belonging to the genus Lepus. Hares are classified into the same family as rabbits . They are similar in size and form to rabbits and eat the same diet. They are generally herbivorous and long-eared, they are fast runners, and they typically live solitary or in pairs. Hares are swift animals: The five species of jackrabbits found in central and western North America are able to run at 64 km/h (40 mph), and can leap up to 3 m (10 ft) at a time!!
It is not unusual also to spot some road runners. The greater roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) is a long-legged bird in the cuckoo family. The Latin name means “Californian earth-cuckoo”. Roadrunner prefers walking or running and is quick enough to catch and eat insects, lizards and rattlesnakes.
The American coot, also known as a mud hen, is a bird of the family Rallidae. Though commonly mistaken to be ducks, American coots belong to a distinct order. American coots are found near water reed-ringed lakes and ponds, open marshes, and sluggish rivers.
One day, I saw a woodpecker. I am always challenged to take photography of birds but I tried my best here. With a little research I was able to identify the bird. It must be a Nuttall’s woodpecker . This bird is not considered globally threatened although the range is restricted to the California Endemic Bird Area. They are fairly common in California with a total world population estimated at over 100,000 individuals. They have zygodactyl feet and stiff tail feathers which allows them to maintain a vertical position on trees; typical of woodpeckers.
Thanks for reading this post. I have one more post to share about this trip in California.