Sunday, October 03, 2004

AV04/36 Malki Museum & Big Morongo Canyon Preserve Oct 5/6 2004

Five Big Morongo Birders had a very pleasant visit to the Malki Museum, followed by a gourmet taco lunch at the Fields Road lunch stop, and it was rewarding to see MrsM finally manage to join one of her own outings! We hope to arrange a repeat outing in the Spring and tie it in to a tour of the canyons for wildflowers.

Yesterday we had thirteen birders at the Preserve, including a welcome short visit of Cam and Dave, and we spent three hours in rather too warm weather. In addition to seeing three Bobcats and four Mule Deer, we saw a remarkable 50 species of birds. We saw two Barn Owls, one of which was flushed from his cottonwood perch by screaming Scrubs, Red-naped Sapsucker, Red- and White-breasted Nuthatches, increasing numbers of Red-shafted Flickers, and after a long absence a Phainopepla! We had a late staying Ash-throated Flycatcher plus both Tanagers, but the star had to be an Evening Grosbeak which has been seen for the last several days; needless to say your scribe missed it.
See the full list of this week's sightings at

The Student Conservation Association, working with biologists and BLM are seeking volunteers to be trained to observe the Bald Eagles at Lake Hemet. I know Dianne will be there but if others have an interest, please contact Emily at 951 658 9651 or email


Barry Parkes