Thursday, August 23, 2007

BMB07/09 Bear Paw Ranch Monday 20th August 2007

When eight Big Morongo Birders went to Bear Paw it was not through downtown Yucaipa; Marguerite led us through Cherry Valley, Los Rios (Oak Glen) and Apple Valley via the ranger station on HWY38 on the most scenic route. Many thanks!

We had a fine morning, perhaps not as cool as we hoped but very pleasant. We quickly discovered that the best birding was around the feeders adjacent to the Ranger’s House and after covering the rest of the Preserve; that is where we had lunch and birded from a seat in the shade! We saw very many Acorn Woodpeckers and Mountain Chickadees.

W Scrub Jay

Band Tailed Pigeon

Dark Eyed Junco

Acorn Woodpecker

American Robin

Mountain Chickadee

White Breasted Nuthatch

Anna’s Hummingbird

Stellar’s Jay

Oak Titmouse

Rufous Hummingbird

California Quail

Black-headed Grosbeak

Western Bluebird

Lesser Goldfinch

Red-shafted Flicker

Western Tanager

California Towhee

Red-tailed Hawk


Barbara Lyons told us she has four Bald Eagles roosting in one of her Douglas Firs and ‘the Kingfisher’s babies have fledged so the parents are giving their kids flying lessons by racing around the front yard’.

Upcoming Events

Sunday 26th August - Salton Sea. Not for the faint hearted, we meet at Wister at 5.30am for a day with SBV Audubon. We already have seven takers from Big Morongo including Dee & Betty and your scribe; it’s not too late to join!

Friday 31st August - Big Bear. Meet at BMCP at 7am, Big Bear Discovery Centre about 8.30am. Bring picnic and water.

If you intend meeting at the trail head, as it were, please let your scribe know beforehand, otherwise you could be