Highlighted Trip Report (member favorite!)
Black Rock and Morongo Valley 4/29/17
After a night in Desert Hot Springs, we embarked on a six-mile hike at Panorama Loop, then finally drove to Big Morongo for some relaxing birding. Panorama Loop was a gorgeous trail, with Joshua Tree type desert blending into a higher elevation juniper-pinyon habitat.
Highlights were Lesser Nighthawk, Pinyon Jay, Scott's Oriole,
Black-chinned Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Gray Flycatcher, Hermit Warbler, Cassin's Vireo, and Summer Tanager. There were also an incredible number of spring migrants such as buntings, grosbeaks, tanagers, and warblers.
We also ended up with many different species of reptiles, butterflies, insects, and plants. Some of the highlights were two Blainville's Horned Lizards, a Patchnose snake, a Long-nosed Leopard Lizard, a Desert Night Lizard, and a scorpion sp.
Attendees were Maia, Ryan A. Alex, Thomas, Brian, Elisa, and Max.
Summer Tanager 2: Max Leibowitz (@maxkewlbirder)
Summer Tanager 1 and Pinyon Jay: Ryan Andrews
Scott's Oriole: Brian Dooley
Lizards and scorpion: Alex Bairstow (@alex_bairstow)
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Hi! I'm Max and I'm one of the Instagram admins for CAYBC. A little about me is that I got into birds when I was very young which started off with penguins from Sea World to other birds. I have been seriously birding for 2 years (almost 3). I did a sort of a big year last year in my county (San Diego County). I've been meeting lots of young birders in the past 2 years. You can follow me @maxkewlbirder.