BIRDS and BIRDING - October 2011
By Kathy Lahti

October 19, 2011
Big Morongo and Covington Park continue to offer opportunities for birding. Within the past week, 55 species of birds were seen.
On this week’s bird walk, 27 birders observed the following along with normal residents: Anna’s and Costa’s Hummingbirds; a Yellow-shafted Flicker which is rare and a Red-shafted Flicker which is frequently seen during the winter; a Say’s Phoebe which is uncommon; a Black-throated Gray Warbler; a Dark-eyed Junco which is a frequent winter resident; and a Lesser Goldfinch sitting on a nest.

October 13, 2011
Big Morongo Preserve and Covington Park continue to offer great birding although the number of each species is less. Within the past week 45 total species were sighted.
On this Wednesday’s bird walk, we 27 birders observed the following along with normal residents: an American Robin which is fairly common in winter; a Western Meadowlark which is uncommon transient; a Red-shafted Flicker which is a frequent winter visitor; a Dusky Flycatcher which is an uncommon transient; a Red-breasted Sapsucker which is a frequent winter visitor; a White-throated Sparrow which is a rare transient; and only a female Vermilion Flycatcher.

October 6, 2011
Big Morongo and Covington Park offer great birding. Within the past week, 44 total species were sighted.
On this Wednesday’s bird walk, we 15 birders observed the following along with normal residents: the uncommon Violet-green, Northern Rough-winged and Barn Swallows; a Vaux’s Swift which is rare here and a White-¬throated Swift which is uncommon; a Lazuli Bunting; and a Spotted Towhee which has not been seen here in a couple of years. Both a male and female Vermillion Flycatchers were seen at the ball field.

September 28, 2011
Big Morongo Preserve and Covington Park continue to offer great birding. Within the past week, 55 total bird species were sighted.
On this Wednesday’s bird walk, a few of the birds we birders observed were the following: White-crowned Sparrow , a winter resident; Orange-crowned Warbler; California Quail, a species not usually seen here; a Red-naped Sapsucker; a Red-winged Blackbird; and a Vermillion Flycatcher, our signature bird and one which we see less as Autumn progresses. Also, were treated to beautiful ly perched Cooper’s Hawk, a resident.

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