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Species found at Viewing Site

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve  - Site # 31

Species:Bell's Vireo
Seen:Yes
Locations:Along the boardwalk.
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Yr
Reliable:Poor

Species:Bighorn Sheep
Seen:Yes
Locations:At dawn and dusk in the cottonwood and willow woodlands along the creek.
Present Season:Su
Season View:Su
Reliable:Poor

Species:Brown-Crested Flycatcher
Seen:Yes
Locations:In the cottonwood and willow woodlands along the creek.
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp
Reliable:Good

Species:Cactus Wren
Seen:Yes
Locations:Seen in the desert washes.
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp
Reliable:Excellent

Species:Cassin's Kingbird
Seen:Yes
Locations:In the fields.
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp
Reliable:Good

Species:Common Yellowthroat
Seen:Yes
Locations:From the boardwalk along the marsh.
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp
Reliable:Good

Species:Gambel's Quail
Seen:Yes
Locations:Seen from boardwalk in cat's claw and Mojave yucca.
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp
Reliable:Excellent

Immature Great Horned Owl at Grizzly Island. Photo by Jen Joynt
Species:Great Horned Owl
Seen:Yes
Locations:In the cottonwood and willow woodlands along the creek.
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Yr
Reliable:Good

Species:Loggerhead Shrike
Seen:Yes
Locations:Seen perched among California junipers.
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp
Reliable:Good

Species:Marsh Wren
Seen:Yes
Locations:From the boardwalk along the marsh.
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp
Reliable:Good

Species:Merriam's Kangaroo Rat
Seen:Yes
Locations:Seen in the desert washes at dawn and dusk.
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Yr
Reliable:Good

Species:Northern Mockingbird
Seen:Yes
Locations:Seen perched among California junipers.
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp
Reliable:Excellent

Species:Phainopepla
Seen:Yes
Locations:Seen in the desert washes.
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp
Reliable:Good

Raccoon at Ahjumawi State Park. Taken from his kayak by Jim Duckworth
Species:Raccoon
Seen:Yes
Locations:At dawn and dusk in the cottonwood and willow woodlands along the creek.
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Yr
Reliable:Good

Species:Ringtail
Seen:Yes
Locations:At dawn and dusk in the cottonwood and willow woodlands along the creek.
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Yr
Reliable:Poor

Species:Say's Phoebe
Seen:Yes
Locations:In the fields.
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp
Reliable:Good

Species:Summer Tanager
Seen:Yes
Locations:In the cottonwood and willow woodlands along the creek.
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp
Reliable:Good

Species:Vermilion Flycatcher
Seen:Yes
Locations:In the cottonwood and willow woodlands along the creek.
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp
Reliable:Good

Species:Virginia Rail
Seen:Yes
Locations:From the boardwalk along the marsh.
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Su
Reliable:Good

Species:Western Scrub-Jay
Seen:Yes
Locations:Seen perched among California junipers.
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp
Reliable:Excellent

Species:White-Tailed Antelope Squirrel
Seen:Yes
Locations:Seen from boardwalk in cat's claw and Mojave yucca.
Present Season:Yr
Season View:Sp
Reliable:Good