Also known as catclaw acacia because of the recurved thorns along the branches. The yellow paloverdes are coming into full bloom, the creosote bushes are just starting to flower, and the mesquites are getting the long, gracefully curved catkins.
I picked at the flowers of some longleaf ephedras, and found some to be brittle, disintegrating like tiny fir cones, where others were still soft and stayed attached to the stem.
Saw another hawk, not the Harris’s but the one I saw a few weeks ago and couldn’t identify. Also a new bird, a Hutton’s vireo, with two white wing bars, a greyish-green mantle, eye ring thicker at the sides, drab olive belly.