Wednesday, January 05, 2005

BMB05/01 Big Morongo Canyon Preserve 05JAN05

Schedule Change

As a result of significant recent rain and a forecast substantial storm on Friday, we have with regret re-scheduled the San Jacinto Wildlife Area visit to 21st January, and will review the Salton Sea visit over the next week or so – rain is scheduled from Friday through at least Monday of next week. Our schedule now reads;

Friday 14th January Salton Sea. Meet for carpool at Big Morongo 7am, T/A Truck Stop (Burns Bros) at Dillon & I10 in Coachella at 7.30am. Bring water and lunch.

Friday 21st January San Jacinto Wildlife Area. Meet for carpool at Big Morongo 7am or Denny's Palm Springs at Indian and I10 at 7.30am. Bring water and lunch.

Seventeen BMBirders had a fine walk this morning with an 8am temperature of 30° (sorry Kelly). By 11am the temperature reached 51° and we had seen 35 species under a clear blue sky in brilliant sun and no wind. No surprises with the specie list, but it was good to see the Brown Creeper, Cedar Waxwings, a host of Western Bluebirds, and the Red-naped Sapsucker. We did not see the Harris’ Sparrow, but there was considerable hawk activity, which led to little activity opposite the ballpark.

A good start to the New Year, which is perhaps remarkable in the middle of inclement weather – MrsM had snow in Yucca yesterday!

Good Birding…………bb