Wednesday, July 28, 2004

AV04/22 Big Morongo Canyon 28th July 2004

Eight of our birders left the feeders at 7am and with a temperature of 70 degrees - true!! - went first through the meadow to the park, then around the Marsh Trail.

Last week the Friends of Big Morongo Canyon Preserve were given a new Leica scope (with all the add-ons) by David and Sandra Junkin who, notwithstanding their home in Bliss, New York, are life members of Friends. We all very much appreciate their generous gift and this morning took it for it's first outing. We saw 38 species including a Lazuli Bunting but the first in the scope was a Blue Grosebeak in bright sunlight. The Grosebeak and many others posed for us which was fortunate; in the park was a very minor water leak which resulted in a wonderful display of Black Headed Grosebeaks, Bullock's and Hooded Orioles and many Western Tanagers. Vermillions were abundant, but too swift for this scope operator, and although we heard one (only) Yellow Breasted Chat we did not see it.

A very pleasant morning, and well worth continuing the Wednesday walks.

Tomorrow, Thursday 29th July we go to Malki Museum. Meet at Denny's Palm Springs at 8am or at Malki at 9am. Bring water and picnic snack. Tears for Mrs M and Wander Woman (last heard of in Chicago) who will miss it.

Note also Oak Glen Preserve on Tuesday August 3rd. Meet at Denny's Palm Springs at 7.30am with water and picnic snack.


Barry Parkes