Saturday, April 15, 2006

BMB06/10 Barker Dam Friday 14th April 2006

Twelve Big Morongo Birders had a very pleasant morning Friday at Barker Dam, managing to miss inclement weather which arrived later in the day.

We gave our Mr Smiley and others their first sight of the infamous Disney petrogliphs.

Barker Dam

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Common Raven

Turkey Vulture

White-throated Swift

Scrub Jay


Gambel's Quail

Rock Wren

Brewer's Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Chipping Sparrows

Bewick's Wren

Say's Phoebe

Black-throated Sparrow

House Finch


Barn Swallow

Scott's Oriole

Mourning Dove

Yellow-rumped Warbler




Bullock's Oriole

Tree Swallow


Prairie Falcon


Wilson's Warbler

Costa's Hummingbird

Nashville Warbler

Also seen: Western Fence Lizards,

and blooming Claret Cup, Rock Pea, Amsonia, Nolina, and others.

This morning we were pleased to have a group from Great Outdoors Palm Springs join our regular Bird Walk, more particularly because of the significant work they did at the Preserve on trail restoration following the fire last June. They took a lively interest in our arriving migrants including the Western Tanager, Vermilion Flycatcher, Cassin’s and Western Kingbirds, and in our impressive array of wildflowers. We had good views of nesting hummingbirds and Lawrence’s Goldfinch, and a good view of a Long-eared Owl quite close to the Marsh Trail.

West Fork Loop Friday 21st April 2006

Meet at the Preserve parking lot at 7.30am for the loop, with an extension to the rock pools. The flowers we are told are quite remarkable and it is some time since we checked out the canyon for bird species. Bring plenty of water – the desert is warming up……….bb