SHOSHONE VILLAGE BIRDING
I'm Len Warren Staff Naturalist for Shoshone Village, CA.
|Warm Springs Pool|
SHOSHONE WETLANDS BIRDING TRAILS
Just follow the poles to discover Shoshone Wetlands Preserve. Please explore, respect, and enjoy this 1000 acre private nature preserve.
During winter, Shoshone's Phainopepla's hold individual feeding territories beginning in Oct.pair up in February, and breed in March and April.In winter they compete with Mockingbirds, Western Bluebirds, and Cedar Waxwings for the sticky, gluelike, berries of the Desert Mistletoe, as they ripen. Juvenile Cooper's Hawks hunt small birds on the Shoshone Wetlands all winter. I often find their feeding spots , littered with feathers of their prey, often Gambel's Quail, or the red-shafted Northen Flicker in winter.
During migration? All birding bets are off and Shoshone, Tecopa, Amargosa Canyon, and China Ranch are all known migrant traps , almost anything can be found here! (see our checklist)
The BLUE TRAIL ,an easy 1/2 hour walk, Pole #1 begins at the Crowbar restaurant and heads straight out into the Shoshone Wetlands, a private nature preserve bordered by BLM Wilderness. Shoshone Wetlands is dominated by Honey Mesquite and Screwbean Mesquite trees. The Blue trail wanders through the wetlands and along the Shoshone spring and the Amargosa river , at pole #16 it splits off on a loop (10-15 extra minutes) that walks through prime desert riparian bird habitat. .The loop returns to pole 16. The Blue trail returns to Crowbar or connects with the Aqua trail at the confluence of the Amargosa River, and Shoshone Spring.
The RED TRAIL ,
|Red Trail- Just follow the poles.|
|GPS work along the Aqua Trail for the Amargosa Canyon Songbird Project|
The SWIMMING POOL TRAIL begins behind the pool area and is marked by Aqua poles soon to be tipped in white. This is a 5 minute walk and has benches to sit in the shade and enjoy a lovely marshy meadow,ans sometimes smalll ponds, both unusual in the desert, and at times full of birds, as well as butterflies, dragonflies, and other wildlife.