Thursday, September 23, 2004

AV04/34 Big Morongo Canyon Preserve 22nd September 2004

What a successful morning for our nine birders; Mike and Steffie were back from their pelagic trip to Monterey, had a fine time, and the weather at Big Morongo was wonderful. You folks in the frozen North might like to reconsider your positions!

We had 35 species, but of note were the first of the White-crowns (and Lincoln's and Chipping), the first solitary Red-shafted Flicker and would you believe a very good sighting of a Black-&-white Warbler. We had a Swainson's Thrush (and a dead one in the park) and a number of Western Wood Pewees, one of which spent several minutes on the same tree stump, giving us the opportunity to give it a thorough examination through the scope. The Vermillions appear to be gone, as are the Orioles, but the Tanagers and Black-headed Grosbeaks are still around.

All in all a fine morning.

We intend visiting Malki Museum on Tuesday 5th October, meeting at Denny's Palm Springs at 9.30am. This will be a short outing for those who missed it first time around, and we intend to lunch at the Taco Stand at the junction of Fields Road and I10.

Don't Forget Lake Hemet and Idyllwild on Thursday 30th September, car pool at Big Morongo at 7am, St Margaret's Palm Desert at 7.30am, and expect to meet at Lake Hemet around 8.15. Dianne Franco and Sig will meet us at Lake Hemmet. Dianne has experience of finding the Eagles and we never turn down experience. Dianne has also offered the deck of her cabin in Idyllwild, where we can have our picnic lunch with lots of feeders, birds and seating. Sounds like a good, and full, day.


Barry Parkes