A midday visitor.
A midday visitor.

This photo was taken last year.  My mom was cooking in the kitchen and nearly jumped out of her shoes when she saw this critter looking in at her from outside the kitchen window.  It was a baby Screech owl.  My dad was able to get a few shots of the little owl before he headed off to his next destination!

My folks live on a 20 acre ranch in Escondido on the boarder of Ramona, CA.  Their property is all land with huge Eucalyptus trees, palm trees, oak trees and native vegetation.  There is also a waterfall and creek that runs through the property.  This makes it the perfect location to view wildlife.

Over the years we have seen coyote, hummingbirds, Red-tailed hawks, scorpions, rattlesnakes, king snakes, owls, a peacock, bobcats, skunks, racoons, possums, bats, a tortoise and a mountain lion.  We’ve rescued several birds, a baby barn owl,  an adult hawk with a broken wing and a few other baby birds that were either falcons or hawks.  We’ve also taken in a few stray dogs..  Their ranch  survived the Oct. ’07 fires.  It is a magical place full of life.  I’ll share some of their stories in between my road trip articles.  It is always interesting to hear about their daily adventures on Sky Valley Ranch!

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Lynn Bremner is the author of DesertRoadTrippin.com, a blog about desert road trips and tips. She started the blog after moving to Indio, CA where she now resides. Now a true desert dweller, Lynn has added in some of her own views on desert living. The heat does not keep her indoors in the summertime. She is out running, golfing or taking short day trips to some of the local points of interest. After years of traveling along the dusty, desert trails with her father, she has come to appreciate the beauty and solitude of the desert landscape. Her father’s passion for prospecting, desert lore and exploring the desert parks took their family to many interesting places, mostly in California, Nevada and Arizona. Lynn now writes about her desert road trips and intertwines a little bit of desert living into the mix.


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