Wednesday, July 21, 2004

AV04/21 Big Morongo Canyon 21st July 2004

In fine weather nine birders, including two youngsters being entertained by Granny, saw 31 species including good views of Kingbirds and Brown-crested Flycatchers over only the Marsh Trail. Bell's Vireo was still singing merrily - surely an in indication that they nested this year.

Our (Friends of Big Morongo) donated scope arrived today and Dee is already practicing counting whiskers on Mule Deer and pebbles at the top of the driveway - he is very pleased with it, and we look forward to sharing with him.

Malki Museum on 29th July. Meet at Denny's Palm Springs, I10 and Indian at 8.15am to be at Malki Museum for 9am. Take the Fields Road exit from I10 and go North; the museum is two or three miles on the left. We plan to tour the museum, then explore the foothills North of Banning for new birding opportunities and have an early lunch. We return to the museum for 12 noon when a resident tribal member, who was previously a ranger in the Palm Springs Indian Canyons, will take us to the canyons to the North. It promises to be an interesting day!


Barry Parkes