San Jacinto Wildlife Area

Vic and I drove to the nearby San Jacinto Wildlife Area near Hemet and Moreno Valley on Sunday. There have been reports of a rare gyrfalcon there this winter. The bird is definitely there, but it has eluded us so far. We’ve tried twice with no luck. Others have gone eight times and also not seen it. However, it is a good place to photograph other bird species. Here are a few shots from our Sunday trip.

Morning mist at San Jacinto Wildlife Area, looking SE. Yes, this photo is in color, but it came out as a monochrome.

The hills east of San Jacinto Wildlife Area are shrounded in morning mist. Palm Springs is on the other side of the hills to the east.

Burrowing Owl

I played with this landscape view to the west and turned it into an "oil painting" with Paintshop Pro.

Greater Yellowlegs

Intermediate color phase first year redtail hawk.

Sage Thrasher

Sage Thrasher

Really bad photo of a Canyon Wren in the distance.

By noon the fog had lifted, showing snow on Mt. San Jacinto. Palm Springs is on the other (east) side of the mountains.

This shot looking east shows snow on Mt. San Gorgonio. Palm Springs is on the other side of the mountains just to the right of the mountain range shown in this photo. The fog lifted, but the gyrfalcon remained out of our sight. We left for a lunch of Mexican food nearby in Moreno Valley.


About Lou Murray, Ph.D.

I'm a retired medical researcher, retired professional writer/photographer, avid gardener, and active environmentalist living in southern California. I wrote a weekly newspaper column on environmental topics in the Huntington Beach Independent for many years. I also supervised environmental restoration projects and taught at the Orange County Conservation Corps before retiring in the summer of 2016. This blog chronicles my efforts to live a green life growing as much food as possible for my husband and myself on a 4,500 sq ft yard that is covered mainly by house, garage, driveway, and sidewalks. I am also dedicated to combatting global climate change.
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4 Responses to San Jacinto Wildlife Area

  1. Ali says:

    We have a big trip out west planned for the summer, and I sure hope I see some of the gorgeous wildlife! The burrowing owl is lovely. I was lucky enough to see a redtail hawk get some breakfast this morning while I was driving to work.


  2. Fabulous shot of the Burrowing Owl! Elusive little fellows. The closest I ever came to some was in Argentina of all places. I just love their faces. I love the mountain view with the yellow blooms in the foreground. Do you know what those flowers were? They’re very impressive en masse.


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