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Photos: Top Right- Long-eared Owl Nestling spotted up in a palm tree off a trail.
The highlight of our visit to The
Coachella Valley Preserve was the Long-eared Owl Nestling we came across up in some Palm trees right off the walking trail.
We didn't see that many other birds so my pictures are sparse. We must have visited at the wrong time but the owl made the
trip worth it for us. It might be like what the surfers say, "You should have been here yesterday". There
is lots of history at the preserve. The visitor center is in a historic log cabin made with totem poles. Inside the visitor
center there is a large collection of old photos of the oasis from years ago and some very nice volunteers to
answer any questions you might have. The McCallum Trail is a nice walk that ends with an oasis with a pond that
has pupfish. It appears that many people get excited about pupfish but as a birder, I just don't get it. No disrespect to
the pupfish. *smile*