Good Early Afternoon CalBirders
Most deepest apologies for this very late post. This past Monday(1-21-08),
I took a trip to Hidden Valley Area and located the Roseate Spoonbill,
sitting in the area of the Educational Pond. After briefly leaving the
pond, I returned and bird had departed, and I was unable to relocate it. I
departed for home
later in the early afternoon, and on my way out, opposite the way I
entered, I saw a group of egrets sitting in the area where the ponds were
drying up. I stopped to retrieve my binoculars out of back pack. Then I
noticed a pinkish colored egret like bird flying adjacent to where I
spotted the small flock.
I immediately recognized the bird as the spoonbill. The bird then landed
in some trees, where my view was obstructed. The spoonbill then flew
I got a very good look at it. The bird then landed again in a wet area
where my view again was obstructed by some tall trees. For those of you
birders who are
not with the Hidden Valley Wildlife Area, it is located in Riverside
County, on the border of the city of Riverside, and Norco. The area where
I spotted the spoonbill the 2nd time, is just east of the Nature Center.
The best way to find the Hidden Valley Wildlife Area, is Googling the
directions on the internet. If any of you Calbirders, have access to
Inland County Birds,
please forward this message to them.
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