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Big Morongo Preserve & Vicinity (R - Full)

Sunday, April 30th - 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Great Horned Owl
Long-eared Owl
American Kestrel
photos by Bruce Aird
Bird List for trips: 2010 - 2015 - trip limited to 12 people - only one spot is available at the present time - contact Nancy by email if you want to be put on the waiting list.
Big Morongo Preserve is a mecca for migratory birds as well as resident desert species. This willow-cottonwood, riparian oasis, is surrounded by mesquite woodland and desert, and attracts a wide variety of birds including the nesting Vermilion Flycatcher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Summer Tanager, Yellow-breasted Chat, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Lucy’s Warbler, Gambel's Quail, Verdin, Lawrence’s Goldfinch and often, many migrants. Least Bell’s Vireos, Sora and Virginia Rail may be found in the marsh beneath the cottonwoods.

We will eat lunch in the picnic area at Covington Park after finishing birding there.  After lunch, we will drive 15-20 miles east to the nearby Black Rock unit of Joshua Tree National Park for desert birds such as Scott’s Oriole, Black-throated Sparrow, Cactus Wren (interior subspecies) and Costa’s Hummingbird. Occasionally, Pinyon Jays can be numerous here, as well as the pale desert form of the Great Horned Owl.

After finishing at Black Rock, those of you with enough time may wish to join us as we go up to Idyllwild and Humber Park on the way home. This segment has previously yielded Hairy Woodpecker, Violet-green Swallow, Pygmy Nuthatch and White-headed Woodpecker among other species.
An excellent source of information about Morongo Preserve can be found on the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve website at: www.bigmorongo.org
Because the trails inside Morongo Preserve are narrow and not suited for large groups, we are limiting this trip to 12 persons. Advance reservations are necessary to go on this trip. Directions will be sent to those who have reservations.
Trip Reservations: Nancy Kenyon -
Trip Leader: Bruce Aird

page updated 3/18/17

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