bighorn lamb

Welcome to the world, little girl! Two week-old desert bighorn sheep. As I was looking up the cliff today, she was running fast across the face of the cliff, and then up and down, bleating away. Bighorn lamb are climbing cliffs and running along tiny ledges a day after birth. I can’t watch them without incipient heart failure.

This is the time of year when federal agencies do their annual bighorn census. Helicopters were flying over the canyons between Joshua Tree National Park and Mt. San Gorgonio the last few days, doing their counts. February and March are lambing months (i.e., babies born).

Photo by rjzimmerman March 6, 2016.