Thursday, September 09, 2004

AV04/32 Big Morongo Canyon Preserve 8th September 2004

More of our mild weather led to a most pleasant walk; it's just the lack of sleep for those who don't live in Morongo Valley and it's environs that presents a problem. The initial challenge to our ten birders, including our Mr Smiley who is progressing very well thank you, was to find a Red-eyed Vireo which others had reported.

We found 45 Species, including the aforementioned Vireo, which may or may not be a short-time record, but it was sufficient to impress our party - and this without walking the Marsh Trail. Of note was a Calliope Hummingbird sighting at the feeders, also banded by Barbara's team several days earlier; Willow and Pacific-slope Flycatchers, and Red-Breasted Sapsuckers, were also seen after some considerable time. Chickadees at the feeders and White-breasted Nuthatches in the park, continue to be easily found, and a Black-throated Grey Warbler was a new find.

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Barry Parkes