BIRDS OF ANOTHER FEATHER

Allison Barnes – Red-tailed Hawk in Long Valley feeding on a Western Toad

Red Crossbill

Join Ornithologist Kurt Leuschner on a stroll through the sub alpine forests of
Mt.San Jacinto to see the birds of the high country. However, this isn’t just one habitat from the forest floor to the sky above. Learn that, in fact, there are multiple niches providing an amazing variety of food and shelter resources to accomodate an impressive variety of resident species as well as visitors on the way to their summer homes. If you’re new to birding you will soon learn that the vertical and horizontal location of a bird’s activity is a clue to who it is. It’s really a joy to see how these feathered friends have evolved in special ways to most effectively exploit specific resources for sustenance, shelter, and most importantly, reproduction. Take the Red Crossbill for example; why in the world would they have upper and lower bills that are crossed? It makes perfect sense when you learn what their favorite food is. There’s a good chance you may see them here, but never down on the desert floor. And so it is with many visitors to this forest on their way south, such as the Hermit Warbler, another rarity for some. Then there are the residents that are content to stick it out through the seasons such as Clark’s Nutcracker, the White-headed Woodpecker and Steller’s Jay, bigger, beautiful and sometimes noisy, they’re easy to spot!   Check out the website BIRDS OF MT. SAN JACINTO STATE PARK to see close up photos and learn about some of the birds you may see.

DATE: October 29, Sunday
TIME: 8:30 a.m. to about 12 noon
Must arrive at the tram valley station by 7:30 a.m. for the first tram departure at 8:00 AM
MEET AT: The 3rd floor terrace at the mountain station by 8:30 a.m.
DIFFICULTY: Easy/moderate
DISTANCE: 1 1/2 miles
DESTINATION: Long Valley Loop
LEADER: Kurt Leuschner, Professor of Natural Resources, College of the Desert
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QUESTIONS, email: sjprograms@msjnha.org

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