Wednesday, February 16, 2005

BMB05/09 Wildflowers at Indio Hills

Indio Hills Monday February 21st 2005

With so many flowers showing already, and even at higher elevations, we thought a look at Indio Hills sooner rather than later would be a good idea. Given the uncertainty with weather, in the event that the unsurfaced roads are treacherous we plan to look at Box Canyon. No real feel for the length of this first outing of the season, and suggest you bring lunch or a snack, and water.

Car-pool at Big Morongo 7am, T/A Truckstop (Burns Bros) at 8am. It would be helpful if you let me know if you plan to join us.

We had a good walk this morning at Big Morongo, 24 BMBs finding 37 species including rather more raptors than we usually see. We split the party, one group covered the Marsh trail hoping to see the Long-eared Owl (no luck) and the other taking the Mesquite loop to the park, where work continues on cutting back and clearing undergrowth. There is no telling where this will stop, but it is changing the character of the park in a way which will not help wildlife.

Desert Cities Bird Club expect their new web site to be up next week and their address will be


Barry Parkes