ANZA-BORREGO NORTH :
WILDLIFE AND BIRDING
Honeybee on Buckwheat, Culp Valley
Where are the Peninsular Bighorn Sheep? That's the common
question visitors ask. Some people have visited the desert for years before
seeing a sheep. Some people see them on their first visit.
It's good remember that sheep will come down to desert streams to drink,
but they prefer high ground. Sheep are comfortable in front of steep mountains
with rocks and boulders where if necessary they can outrun predators. When
driving to Borrego Springs from the west on S-22, look for the rockiest
mountains. In the Borrego Valley, watch Coyote Creek and the stream in Borrego
Insects have their favorite desert plants, especially
plants of the sunflower and pea families. And don't forget that lizards
and snakes like to eat insects. Late in the spring, milkweed plants attract
some of the desert's most colorful insects. Look for Rush
Milkweed, and Desert
Here are some favorite places for birding in Anza-Borrego
Lower Willows — At the north end of DiGoirgio Road,
take the Coyote Canyon Jeep Trail to the north end of Desert Gardens and
walk northwest along Coyote Creek.
Clark Valley — Take Rockhouse Canyon Road to the
mesquite around Clark Dry Lake.
Borrego Valley — Swainson's Hawkwatch. Annually
from approximately Feb. 15 to Apr. 15. Watch the
Web site for details.
Guide to Birds of the Anza-Borrego Desert
by Barbara W. Massey.