This was what we wanted: blue sky, warm sun, and a place to stay with a peaceful garden by the pool. We would spend time in Palm Springs reading, writing, and napping. Then, as we settled into lounges by the pool, we jumped up to observe a hummingbird that flitted by and settled on a branch. Back to relaxation. A few moments later, a yellow-rumped warbler landed on the palo verde tree. We jumped up again. Back to relaxation.
We now spent our time by the pool with binoculars in hand and our bird guide, ready for new sightings. A problem arose: we had trouble identifying so many of the birds. We needed help. Time to leave the pool and reacquaint ourselves with birds in this desert area.
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve offers free bird walks every Wednesday morning.
Careful observing was rewarded, and we picked up a few uncommon bird sightings: sharp-shinned hawk and a western kingbird.
After a morning of bird watching at Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, we were ready to head back to our lounge chairs by the pool. Thanks to our volunteer bird guides, we’ll identify whatever flies by. No doubt we’ll need a refresher bird walk next Wednesday.