Total Bird Species seen on trip: 76                  Click here to see the list

Day 2 in the Coachella Valley (the area around Palm Springs)

March 25, 2012

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On my second day in the Coachella Valley, I saw 34 bird species.
The day started off with a round of golf in the morning. The course was backed up so I ended up having time to snap a few photos while I waited to hit my shot. Some birds on the golf course (it was the palm golf course at the marriot) included these:

Canadian Geese


The goose honking in this photo is a male. He and another male had just had long fight, (I wasn't there for the whole time, but i watched the fight for a minute before it broke up) while a female had sat on a bush and watched. The male in the photo had a grip on the other males neck, and shoved the the male he was fighting under water to win the fight. When he had won, the female flew down and the new pair honked, the male more though than the female.




Great-tailed Grackles




Green Heron
This bird is peering into the water looking for fish (the water is not visible in the photo)



Green Heron Building a Nest
I watched this bird fly from a tree, holding a branch to where she was building a nest. I saw the heron return to the tree and bring back more twigs multiple times.



Red-tailed Hawk



Ring-necked Duck



Ruddy Ducks






Snowy Egrets




Belted Kingfisher




I had some time to walk in the neighborhood after I golfed. it was now late afternoon. Here are some photos of a Verdin, a Rock Pigeon, and a hummingbird that had me puzzled.

Rock Pigeon




Verdin


This photo is a crop of the previous one



Hmmm... Who is that?









Black-chinned Hummingbird
This hummingbird had me puzzled, but I now know that it is an early Black-chinned Hummingbird.



As I said before, I saw a total of 34 bird species on this day. Here is a list of those species:

Canada Goose
American Wiegon
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Green Heron
Turkey Vulture
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
American Coot
Larus species (gull species) - most likley California Gulls, hard to tell because they were flying)
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Costa's Hummingbird
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Black Pheobe
Western Kingbird
Common Raven
swallow sp.
Verdin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
White-crowned Sparrow
Brewer's Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
House Finch
House Sparrow

 

Day one in the Coachella Valley (the area around Palm Springs)

March 25, 2012
On March 15 2012, I went to the Coachella Valley. I was settled at the place I was staying by mid afternoon, and in the neighborhood I look for birds. Here are some photos from day one.

Common Raven at the airport



On my walk in the neighborhood I stayed in, I also some Common Ravens. None were close enough for good photos, but there were many other things that cuaght my attention.


Mourning Doves





American Kestrels Mating
I returned to the spot I saw them mating at every day, and saw them all days ...
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