BIRDS and BIRDING - February 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.

February 1, 2012
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve and Covington Park offer opportunities for birding. On this Wednesday, 38 birders saw 38 species of birds.

In addition to the usually observe d species, we saw one California Quail which is rare at any time; 140 Turkey Vultures which is quite a lot even though they are commonly seen; one Roadrunner which is probably the same one as last week; one Sayís Phoebe which is uncommon during the year; one Loggerhead Shrike which is uncommon during the year; and one Cassinís Vireo which is a frequent transient.

February 8, 2012
Big Morongo Preserve and Covington Park offer opportunities for birding. On this Wednesday, 35 birders saw 37 species.

This week we saw almost the same rare or unusual species as last Wednesday. Among those seen were a Yellow-shafted Flicker, an extremely rare for here; a Sayís Phoebe, an unusual bird; a Loggerhead Shrike which is usual, however, not always seen; 2 Oak Titmouse, unusual; 3 White-breasted Nuthatch which are usual in the winter; and 2 Phainopepla which are usual here; however, not always seen.

As a side note, on Saturday, the 11th, a Long-eared Owl, a usual in summer, was seen on the Marsh Trail.

February 15, 2012
Big Morongo Preserve and Covington Park offer opportunities for birding. On this Wednesday, 41 of us saw 45 species.

In addition to the usual species of this time of year, we saw one California Quail which is rarely seen during the year; one Roadrunner which is also rarely seen; two Cassinís Kingbird which are frequent during the summer; one Mountain Bluebird which is rarely seen during the winter; one Sage Thrasher which is a rare transient; and one Orange-crowned Warbler which is unusual during the winter.

February 15, 2012
Big Morongo Preserve and Covington Park offer opportunities for birding. On this Wednesday, 46 of us saw 40 birds.

In addition to the usual residents, we saw one Long-eared Owl which is unusual only in the summer; one Yellow-shafted Flicker which is an extremely rare transient; five Sayís Phoebe which are unusual during the year; and 4 Cassinís Kingbird which are frequent during the summer.

February 29, 2012
Big Morongo Preserve and Covington Park offer opportunities for birding. On this Wednesday, 32 folks saw 35 species.

Among the usual species for this time of year, we saw a Cooperís Hawk, a Red-tailed Hawk, a Kestrel, a Costaís Hummingbird, and a Phainopepla. Some of the more unusual were a Sayís Phoebe which is unusual at any time; a Cassinís Kingbird which is frequent during the summer; and a White-breasted Nuthatch which is unusual during the winter.


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