Owls at the 29 Palms Inn The 29 Palms Inn

    Bird Checklist

    for the Oasis of Mara & surrounding areas

    Legend:

    C Common, regularly seen
    U Uncommon species, regularly occurs but infrequently seen
    R Rare species only seen in small numbers or not on a regular basis
    X Extremely rare or accidental occurrence
    M Migrants, spring and fall, staying on winter (Wi), and summer some (Su) to nest
    V Vagrant, temporarily moved from another habitat
    RES Year round resident
    N Nesting species

    In 1929 the Oasis of Mara was described as a fan palms oasis with four ponds that regularly overflowed about a half mile out into the desert to the north. By 1946 this water had receded to beneath the surface. Undoubtedly birds associated with water sources in the desert made use of this oasis as they do today where water still exists.

    Today the greenery associated with the oasis is still available and the Twentynine Palms Inn's small lake provides sanctuary and moisture for numerous resident species of birds and quite a variety of migratory birds. This checklist is not meant to be all-inclusive, but a quick look at what one might expect to find (those shown as C for common), as you stroll around the grounds of the Inn or take the short walk around the Oasis of Mara Nature Trail. Please report any sightings of species not on the list. Of course, at certain times of the year more migrants will be observed.

    LOONS & GREBES PELICANS
    Common Loon
    Pied-Billed Grebe
    Eared Grebe
    X, M
    R, M
    R, M
    White Pelicans R, M

    BITTERNS & HERONS OWLS
    American Bittern *
    Great Blue Heron
    Snowy Egret
    Green Heron
    Black Crowned Night Heron
    X, M
    X, M
    U, M
    R, M
    R, M
    Barn Owl
    Western Screech Owl
    Great-Horned Owl **
    Burrowing Owl **
    Long-Eared Owl
    Saw-whet Owl
    C, N, RES
    X, V
    U, RES
    R, V
    U, M
    Wi, X, M

      * One spotted at 29 Palms Inn: October 4th, 1985
      ** C, N, RES in Joshua Tree National Park

    DUCKS & GEESE VULTURES, HAWKS & FALCONS
    Snow Goose
    Canada Goose
    Green Winged Teal *
    Mallard
    Cinnamon Teal
    Ring-Necked Duck
    Ruddy Duck
    Redhead
    Wood Duck **
    X, M
    X, M
    X, M
    U, RES
    X, M
    X, M
    X, M
    X, M
    X, Res
    Turkey Vultures
    Osprey
    Northern Harrier
    Sharp-Skinned Hawk
    Coopers Hawk
    Swainson's Hawk
    Red Tailed Hawk ***
    Golden Eagle ****
    American Kestrel
    Prairie Falcon *****
    Merlin ******
    Su, C M
    R, M
    Wi, R M
    Wi, U M
    C, RES
    C, RES
    U, RES
    U, RES
    C, N, RES
    U, RES
    X, M

      * Group of ten spotted August 19th 1957 at the Oasis
      ** A recent, 1995, arrival at the Inn
      *** C, N, RES in Joshua Tree National Park
      **** R, N, RES in Joshua Tree National Park
      ***** U, N, RES in Joshua Tree National Park
      ****** 1 spotted November 3rd, 1961 in the Oasis of Mara

    QUAIL RAILS & COOTS
    Gambel's Quail C, N, RES Sora
    American Coot
    Wi, X, M
    U, M

    SHOREBIRDS FLYCATCHERS
    American Avocet
    Black-Necked Stilt
    Killdeer
    Great Yellowlegs
    Spotted Sandpiper
    Common Snipe
    Least Sandpiper
    Western Sandpiper
    Wilson's Phalarope
    Red-Necked Phalarope
    X, M
    X, M
    U, V
    X, M
    X, M
    X, M
    X, M
    X, M
    X, M
    X, M
    Olive-Sided Flycatcher
    Western Wood Peewee
    Willow Flycatcher
    Gray Flycatcher
    Western Pacific Flycatcher
    Black Phoebe
    Say's Phoebe
    Ash-Throated Flycatcher
    Western Kingbird
    X, M
    C, M
    U, M
    X, M
    C, M
    C, RES
    C, RES
    Su, C, M
    U, N, M

    GULLS & TERNS NIGHTHAWKS
    Ring-Billed Gull
    California Gull
    R, M
    R, M
    Lesser Nighthawk
    Common Poorwill *
    Su, U, M
    U, V

      * U, N, RES in Joshua Tree National Park

    CUCKOOS SWIFTS
    Greater Roadrunner C, N, RES White-Throated Swift U, RES

    PIGEONS & DOVES HUMMINGBIRDS
    Rock Dove
    Band-Tailed Pigeon
    Mourning Dove
    White-Winged Dove
    Common Ground Dove
    U, RES
    X, M
    C, N, RES
    (N?) U RES
    X, V
    Black-Chinned Hummingbird
    Anna's Hummingbird
    Costa's Hummingbird
    Calliope Hummingbird
    Rufus Hummingbird
    Allen's Hummingbird
    U, M
    C, N, RES
    C, N, RES
    X, M
    U, M
    U, M

    THRUSHES MOCKINGBIRD & THRASHER
    Western Bluebird *
    Mountain Bluebird
    Townsend's Solitaire
    Swainson's Thrush
    Hermit Thrush
    American Robin
    R, M
    X, M
    Wi, R, M
    R, M
    Wi, R, M
    Wi, C, M
    Northern Mockingbird
    Sage Thrasher
    Bendire's Thrasher **
    LeConte's Thrasher ***
    California Thrasher **
    C, N, RES
    Wi, C, M
    Su, X, V
    U, RES
    U, RES

      * U, Su, N in Joshua Tree National Park
      ** U, N in Joshua Tree National Park
      *** C, N, RES in Joshua Tree National Park

    WOODPECKERS BLACKBIRDS
    Lewis' Woodpecker
    Red-Naped Sapsucker
    Ladder-Backed Woodpecker
    Red-Shaft Flicker
    Wi, X, M
    Wi, R, M
    U, RES
    C, RES
    Red-Winged Blackbird
    Western Meadowlark
    Brewer's Blackbird
    Great-Tailed Grackle *
    Brown-Headed Cowbird **
    R, M
    Wi, R, M
    Wi, R, V
    X, V
    R, V

      * 29 Palms - expanding range
      ** U, N, RES in Joshua Tree National Park

    LARKS & SWALLOWS FRINGILLID FINCHES
    Horned lark
    Tree Swallow
    Violet-Green Swallow
    Northern Rough-Winged Swallow
    Cliff Swallow
    Barn Swallow
    U, M
    R, M
    R, M
    R, M
    R, M
    U, M
    Purple Finch
    Cassin's Finch
    House Finch
    Lesser Goldfinch
    Lawrence Goldfinch
    American Goldfinch
    Wi, X, M
    Wi, X, M
    C, N. RES
    R, RES
    Su, X, M
    Wi, X, M

    VIREOS ORIOLES
    Solitary Vireo
    Hutton's Vireo
    Warbling Vireo
    R, M
    X, M
    U, M
    Hooded Oriole
    Bullock's oriole
    Scott's Oriole
    Su, U, N, M
    Su, U, N, M
    U, N, RES

    WEAVER FINCH STARLINGS
    House Sparrow C, R, RES European Starlings C, N, RES

    WAXWINGS SILKY FLYCATCHER
    Cedar Waxwings Wi, C, M Phainopepla C, N, RES

    SHRIKES BUSHTITS & VERDIN
    Logger-Headed Shrike * U, RES Verdin
    Bushtit *
    C, N, RES
    X, V

      * C, N, RES in Joshua Tree National Park

    JAYS & CROWS KINGLETS & GNATCATCHERS
    Steller's Jay
    Western Scrub Jay *
    Pinyon Jay *
    Common Raven
    Wi, X, M
    U, RES
    X, V
    C, N, RES
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher *
    Blue-tailed Gnatcatcher *
    C, M
    U, RES
    U, RES

      * C, N, RES in Joshua Tree National Park

    WRENS TANAGERSxc
    Cactus Wren
    Bewic's Wren *
    House Wren
    C, N, RES
    U, V
    U, M
    Western Tanager
    Summer Tanager **
    C, M
    X, M

      * C, N, RES in Joshua Tree National Park
      ** Rare winter resident at the Inn

    WARBLERS GROSBEAKS, BUNTINGS & SPARROWS
    Orange-Crowned Warbler
    Nashville Warbler
    Lucy's Warbler
    Yellow Warbler
    Yellow-rumped warbler
    Black-throated Gray Warbler
    Townsend's Warbler
    Black & White Warbler *
    Ovenbird
    MacGillivary's Warbler
    Common Yellowthroat
    Wilson's Warbler
    Yellow-Breasted Chat
    Wi, C, M
    C, M
    R, M
    C, M
    C, M
    C, M
    C, M
    X, M
    X, M
    U, M
    Wi, U, M
    C, M
    R, M
    Rose-Breasted Grosbreak
    Black-Headed Grosbreak
    Blue Grosbreak
    Lazuli Bunting
    Green-Tailed Towhee
    Spotted Towhee **
    California Towhee ***
    Chipping Sparrow
    Brewer's Sparrow ****
    Black-Chinned Sparrow *****
    Lucky Sparrow
    Black-Throated Sparrow
    Sage Sparrow
    Song Sparrow
    Lincoln Sparrow
    White-Throated Sparrow
    White-Crowned Sparrow
    Dark-Eyed Junco

    X, M
    Su, CM
    X, M
    Su, U, M
    Wi, R, M
    U, V
    X, V
    Wi, X, M
    U, M
    R, V
     

    R, M
    C, N, RES
    U, M
    U, M
    Wi, R, M
    X, M
    Wi, C, M
    Wi, C, M

      * 1 spotted October 29th, 1989 in Oasis
      ** C, N, RES in Joshua Tree National Park
      *** U, N, RES in Joshua Tree National Park
      **** U, Su, N in Joshua Tree National Park
      ***** U, N in Joshua Tree National Park

    This list was compiled following the 1997 up-dating of the observation records of Joshua Tree National Park and from personal observations at the Inn over the past 16 years.

      Enjoy the birds... Bill Truesdell.

    For more info about the different birds in the area, please check out the selection of books on offer at the Joshua Tree National Park Association Book Center.

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