BIRDS and BIRDING -January 2012
By Kathy Lahti

Bird walks begin at 8AM Wednesdays and Saturdays except the first Saturday. They last about two hours and the pace is leisurely. Meeting place is in the parking lot of Big Morongo Canyon, Morongo Valley.

January 4, 2012
Big Morongo Preserve and Covington Park offer opportunities for birding. On the Wednesday, 20 of us saw 42 species. There were less of each species perhaps because of the hawks’ presence.
In addition to the normal residents, we saw a Sharp-sinned Hawk which is uncommon in the winter; a Merlin which is extremely rare in the winter; a Yellow-shafted Flicker which is an extremely rare transient; a Say’s Phoebe which is uncommon during the year; a Loggerhead Shrike which is uncommon during the year; an Oak Titmouse which is uncommon during the year; a Mountain Chickadee which is uncommon in the winter and rare in the summer; and White-breasted Nuthatches which are uncommon in winter.

January 18, 2012
Big Morongo Preserve and Covington Park offer opportunities for birding. On this Wednesday, 40 of us saw 46 species of birds. That number of species is more than was seen in the previous week.
Among these 46 species, we saw a Golden Eagle which is rare here during the year; two Red-breasted Sapsuckers which are unusual during the winter; two Red-naped Sapsuckers which are also unusual during the winter; a Loggerhead Shrike which is unusual at any time of the year; three Oak Titmouse which are unusual during the year; two Mountain Chickadee which are unusual during the winter and rare during the summer; and six White-breasted Nuthatch which are unusual during the winter. Additionally, 22 Cedar Waxwings, frequent during the winter, were seen eating Long-leafed Mistletoe and food from the Washington Palms.

January 25, 2012
Big Morongo Canyon and Covington Park offer opportunities for birding. On this Wednesday, 28 of us saw 39 species which was more than the previous Wednesday.
Besides the normal residents, we saw a Roadrunner which is rare during the entire year; a Red-naped Sapsucker which is extremely rare during the winter; five Oak Titmouse which are unusual during the year; three Mountain Chickadees which are unusual during the winter; four White-breasted Nuthatches which are unusual during the winter; one Cactus Wren which is usually not seen in the preserve or park; and 18 Cedar Waxwings which are frequent during the winter when their favorite foods are available.

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