A lighting strike at Agua Caliente Park at Soldier Trail and Roger Road in September started a wildfire that burned most of the palm trees adjacent to the stream that feeds the eastern lake. Fortunately Rural Metro was able to get the fire out and prevent further spread to the rest of the park. No structures were lost.
The County did clean-up and repair in October and November. The park reopened the Monday after Thanksgiving, November 28th. We were there bright and early to celebrate and say Hi! to the birds!
The images above and below (iPhone 13) show the area that burned, now fenced off until the rest of the repair and restoration can be completed. Most of the trees look viable, although charred. The tops are now green! There must be food up there, because the Gila Woodpeckers are active in the very top branches.
A few charred palm leaves don't discourage the Gila Woodpeckers
Canon R6 RF 100-500mm with 1.4 Extender, 700 mm, 1/2000, f/10, ISO 3200, +0 EV.
Images above and below, Gila Woodpeckers perched among the charred branches, with new green growth above.
In the image above, a male Gila Woodpecker on a slightly toasted branch. Below detail of the new growth at the top of a tree that is otherwise charred. Hopefully most of the remaining trees will survive.
The ponds are intact, and full of birds:
The rest of the park looks untouched. The eastern pond adjacent to the ranch house looks great, and was home to a number of birds this morning.
Henry Johnson, photographer and author of this site. For more detail, see About