(A twist on) Golfing in Palm Springs

Golfers flock to Palm Springs, and we discovered our own favorite course. Although even after several trips there, we never hit one ball. No, we went on a quest to see birds, and golf courses often offer a very good environment for spotting unusual birds.

When our travels take us to a new area, we search eBird to find places to look for birds, and then, off we go. One of the best sites in Palm Springs is Demuth Park, which borders Tahquitz Creek Golf Course.

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These very trees on the golf course provided one of our finest sightings yet. In a very short time we observed 7 different species on these trees and on the lawn nearby. Imagine vermilion flycatchers and a cedar waxwing in one look. Remarkable!

We stayed on the multi-use trail, careful to give bikers, golfers, and carts the right of way. Eventually the trail led to a water feature, a hazard between the tee and the green.

American wigeons decided to play it safe as we (and some golfers) came into sight. They waddled down to the water and glided to safety on the far side.

American wigeons decided to play it safe as we (and some golfers) came into sight. They waddled down to the water and glided to safety on the far side.

Spotting our binoculars, several curious golfers stopped to ask what we had seen. They weren’t the only ones curious about us.

A cottontail rabbit stopped and watched us intently, before disappearing into the brush.

A cottontail rabbit stopped and watched us intently, before disappearing into the brush.

A few days later we drove over to Palm Desert on an errand and passed Boomers Parks. We pulled in. Miniature golf! Putters in hand, we commenced and didn’t finish until we’d played all three courses, 36 holes.

We were equally good - and bad – and in the end, only 2 points separated our scores.

We were equally good – and bad – and in the end, only 2 points separated our scores.

What’s the difference between Boomers Mini-Golf and Tahquitz Creek Golf Course? We didn’t see even one bird at Boomers.

 

February 2016

 

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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2 Responses to (A twist on) Golfing in Palm Springs

  1. I love how you fit your surroundings into your lives! Bravo.

  2. That’s because you were too busy watching the ball!

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