Bird watching-Joshua Tree National Park

With over 250 kinds of birds recorded from Joshua Tree National Park, it is understandable that the park affords a rewarding place to study them. This is especially true during the winter months when migrants abound. Joshua Tree's resident bird species, such as greater roadrunner, phainopepla, mockingbird, verdin, cactus wren, rock wren, mourning dove, Le Conte's thrasher, and Gambel's quail can be sighted in the park throughout the year. The park's winter migrants: white-crowned sparrow, dark-eyed junco, sage sparrow, cedar waxwing, American robin, and hermit thrush will remain in the park into March. Along about the time the winter migratory species are departing, other species will begin to migrate into the area for spring and summer. This group includes summer nesting species such as Bendire's thrasher, ash-throated flycatcher, western kingbird, Scott's oriole, northern oriole, and western bluebird. Fan palm oases, and water impoundments are good places to search for birds. Check with a ranger for information on many other species and gathering sites.

The Salton Sea

The Salton Sea is another major Pacific fly for migrating birds in the winter months. The Salton Sea is located in the southern Coachella valley about a 1.5 hours drive from the Joshua tree area.