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Shelter Valley 10 Harris’s Hawks and 10 Mountain bluebirds, Borrego Crissal, Tamarisk Long-eared

Shelter Valley 10 Harris’s Hawks and 10 Mountain bluebirds, Borrego Crissal, Tamarisk Long-eared

By – 12:58 pm
A local resident of Shelter Valley which is just 2 miles south of Scissors Crossing on S2, recently reported that as many as 10 Harris’s Hawks have been in that area since around mid-November. Certainly an easy place to check on one’s way to or from Borrego if one is going that route. Anyway, we stopped there today in late morning and indeed found exactly 10 Harris’s Hawks. They were in subgroups and all together along Kicking Horse Trail between Windfall Trail and Surrey Trail, all streets in town. We also had a flock of about 10 Mountain Bluebirds a little farther north in town, across the main highway from the sign noting Mountain Shadow Ranch.Earlier in the morning we started at the Borrego Springs settling ponds where we had nice looks at one Crystal Thrasher in a patch of stunted mesquite that is a few hundred yards northeast of the northeast corner of the settling ponds. This is the same spot where Trissel and Dumlao had a bird about a week or so ago. And then there was a California-type Thrasher to the west of the north edge of the settling ponds, also in mesquite. At the nearby Borrego Resort ponds We had a very-rare- for-Borrego California Gull, as well as continuing Vermilion flycatcher and two Barn swallows, but missed the Swamp Sparrow. And a tamarisk Grove campground, the Long-eared Owl continues, and for the past month it has been roosting in a tamarisk in the main campground loop right next to picnic shelter number 24.Paul Lehman, San DiegoSent from the all new AOL app for Android