Thursday, January 19, 2006

BMB06/02 San Jacinto Wildlife Area 16th January 2006

We found perfect weather, at 830am or thereabouts, and an army of 34 BMBs in eleven vehicles found a lot to see at San Jacinto. The large numbers were better handled than at the Salton Sea last week, and a number of our visitors, Cam, Kelly and Jeanne among them, managed to squeeze in a final walk before their departure. Sig was ahead of the game and called to report Mountain Bluebirds before the main party arrived there - but we did see them later!
Cooper's Hawk Raven Brewer's Blackbird
Starling House Sparrow Rock Pigeon
Red-tailed hawk Crow Mourning Dove
Red-winged Blackbird Cattle Egret Horned lark
Grackle White-crowned Sparrow Savannah Sparrow
White tailed Kite Western Meadowlark Sage Thrasher
Northern Harrier Loggerhead Shrike Ring-billed Gull
Say's Phoebe Black Phoebe California Towhee
House Finch Vesper Sparrow Prairie Falcon
Coot Yellow-rumped Warbler Cinnamon Teal
Pintail Green-winged Teal Greater Yellowlegs
Black-necked Stilt Common Yellowthroat Marsh Wren
Northern Shoveler Virginia Rail Long-billed Dowitcher
Blue-winged Teal White-faced Ibis American Pipit
Song Sparrow Killdeer Least Sandpiper
Avocet Spotted Sandpiper Snipe
Sora Gadwall American Widgeon
Ruddy Duck Eastern Phoebe Common Moorhen
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Pied-billed Grebe Bushtit
Spotted Towhee Orange-crowned Warbler American Goldfinch
Western Grebe Lincoln's Sparrow Snowy Egret
Red-shouldered Hawk Turkey Vulture Willet
Roadrunner Mountain Bluebird Osprey
Long-billed Curlew Barn Swallow Rough-winged Swallow

Forster's Tern
California Thrasher Phainopepla Lesser Goldfinch
Bewick's Wren Western Scrub Jay California Thrasher
Verdin Mountain Chickadee Hermit Thrush
Northern Flicker Nuttall's Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Eighty six species is a lot of species, and it includes sightings to and from the hi-desert.
Oak Glen Saturday 4th February 2006
Meet at Denny's, Indian and I10 at 730am, Hi-desert at Big Morongo at 7am, for car pooling. Bring water and a snack if you are hungry, but we will be back before lunch.
We intend revisiting the Salton Sea shortly, but with a smaller group. If you are interested send me an email and I will keep you informed.
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
Most of the trails on the Preserve have now been reopened, although the Marsh trail still has a gap after #26 - this is expected to be repaired by the end of the month. The Canyon Trail is now open but via what previously was the Barn Trail. The West Fork trail to the Canyon Trail provides an interesting loop to part of the Mesquite Trail, the whole of which is expected to be opened by the end of January, as is the Yucca Ridge. Up to date maps are available at the kiosk.
My thanks to Margaret for her work on the specie lists and paper work and to Mr Smiley for his (speedy) leadership, to say nothing of their eyes and ears making a wonderful combination..................Good
Barry Parkes