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Union Peak Loop plus, AZ
mini location map2021-04-07
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Union Peak Loop plus, AZ 
Union Peak Loop plus, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 07 2021
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Hiking7.49 Miles 1,097 AEG
Hiking7.49 Miles   2 Hrs   51 Mns   2.96 mph
1,097 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
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continuing on my owl check-up I decided to hike in the Phoenix Sonoran South Preserve. I headed up the Hawk's Nest Trail and caught some photos of two owlets and their mom, and then finally the third raised up so I got the family portrait. There were two other photographers there as well as a few other bystanders.

I could have stayed longer as I also took some movies but I still needed to get my hike in before it warmed up. So I headed up the hill and turned east to hook up with the Valle Vista Trail, Cactus Wren, Great Horned and then UP. Kept my eye out for snakes as it's certainly the season. As I was on the side of Union the lizards really came out and I actually got a few pics. I also saw a couple small patches of Stinknet :( . I got up the peak pretty well and then came right back down and headed to the TH via Great Horned, Valle Vista and Desert Tortoise. At the junction with the Hawk's Nest Trail I went back up to check out the owls again and got a few pictures and a great movie of the eldest moving around in the nest.

I saw lots of lizards today, 2 blooming hedgehogs and some blooming creosote. I also saw several Desert Senna along the Cactus Wren Trail. I'm thinking I may have seen a dozen bikers and dozen hikers which isn't that many for this area. Altho I don't think many hike that northeast section of the Preserve.

Here is the 3 minute owl video that includes some more pictures of the owls. The end clip is rather interesting as the older owlet attempts to reposition.
[ youtube video ] Oh, the music I picked is called "Learn to Fly" but it was purely by accident that was the title.
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Wildflowers Observation None
desert senna, creosote
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