Reminder - Winter Birds of the Northern Desert, Har...
- We would like to remind you of this upcoming event.
Winter Birds of the Northern Desert, Harper Dry Lake area
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2004
Time: 8:00AM - 2:00PM PST (GMT-08:00)
(This field trip is sponsored by Sea & Sage Audubon.) Although
this trip has traditionally concentrated on the Harper Dry Lake
area, the demise of agriculture in that region forces a change
if we are to see many birds. So we'll begin with the farming
area around Daggett, where there are many wintering hawks; then
take a turn around Harper for the desert and saltbush birds
there, and return through Silver Lakes on Old 66. DIRECTIONS:
We�ll meet first in Barstow; follow I-15 toward Vegas and
exit on E. Main St., where you should get gas. I'll be eating
breakfast at IHOP (left on East Main) by 7:30; you might want to
join me there. We�ll assemble in the large parking lot
behind the IHOP at 8:00, then caravan north on 40 to the alfalfa
fields. Late comers (shame!) can catch up about one mile south
on Harvard. Follow the dirt road onto the first irrigated field
on the left; we will travel along the south edge of it for our
first stop. WE CAN EXPECT Ferruginous and Red-tailed Hawks
here, with a good chance of Prairie Falcon, Golden Eagle,
Northern Harrier, and a mix of water birds, Great Basin
migrants, and some desert endemics. BE PREPARED for a chilly
morning and a breezy day; bring drinks, snacks, and lunch.
Scopes if you have them; others will share if you don�t.
FRS radios would be extremely helpful, so that we can
communicate while driving [use 11 - 22]. The region is
confusing; if you want to return to bird this area on your own,
I recommend you get the AAA map of San Bernardino County to mark
up. Barstow is about two hours north of Orange Co. on the 55-
91-15 route. Ferocious winds or dreadful events will cancel.
Doug Toohey, Leader
Nancy Kenyon, Trip Coordinator
(949) 786-3160; kenyon@...