Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Birds of Shoshone Wetlands

I'm Len Warren.
I've just started a new job as staff naturalist for Shoshone Village, California. Shoshone sits along the Amargosa River which runs through Death Valley National Park. I will focus on birding and eco-tours based from Shoshone Village.
The Shoshone Wetlands, adjacent to Shoshone Village, is a shady riparian, area dominated by large groves of Honey Mesquite, and Screwbean Mesquite. The birding here is excellent year round.
Feel free to contact me about birding this beautiful desert oasis.

This week we've had a strong warbler migration with :
Yellow Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
MacGillivray's Warbler
Orange Crowned Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Virginia's Warbler

A new local water feature is attracting lots of migrants as well as resident birds. A young Coopers Hawk has been bathing and hunting there.
We will immediately begin making birding/nature trails into the Shoshone Wetlands.
The trails will be featured in our upcoming bird walks and field trips. Over 20o species are seen locally throughout the year, with a good number of rarities during migration. Many excellent birding opportunities exist nearby, including China Ranch, Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge, and Grimshaw Lake. October is considered "prime time" for migrants and rarities.
With no trails through Shoshone Wetlands, this excellent BIRDING HOTSPOT has gone a little unnoticed. Now birders will be able to enjoy this little known oasis . The trials will provide a great place to get up close and personal with many desert bird species.
I look forward to posting bird sightings and much more.

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