Can you imagine a concert by over a million traveling singers? Catch a performance any spring or summer morning in the National Forest surrounding Big Bear CA. Migrating songbirds stop here and rest in our trees, meadows, and stream banks. Some stay to nest and spend the summer, while others continue north. These migrants return to Mexico, Central and South America in the fall. This group includes orioles, hummingbirds, swallows, thrushes, warblers, vireos and tanagers.
Recently, spring has grown noticeably quieter. The number of migrating birds has declined, due to the destruction of natural habitat and breeding grounds, along migratory routes, and in wintering areas. This National Forest in Big Bear is just one stop on the world tour. It’s important to identify and protect those areas used by birds.
The best place to watch the migrating birds is along streams and other areas with lots of plants and insects. Thurman Flats Picnic Area is a well known resting area. Refer to the Birds of the San Bernardino National Forest for lists of commonly found species. Bird walks are given throughout the year by the San Bernardino Audubon Society.
Thurman Flats Directions: Take Highway 38 out of Big Bear. Thurman Flats is on the left once you get to the bottom of the mountain.