Anhinga at Ramer Lake

   
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Salton Sea
Apr 11, 2003
- narrated by Henry Detwiler

Along with 26 participants from the Yuma Birding & Nature Festival, Bob Miller and I toured the Imperial Valley & the Salton Sea in search of birds. 
86
species total (see list below)

Click on thumbnail pictures for full-sized shots.


Anhinga at Ramer Lake

Our first stop was at Ramer Lake, to look for the newly discovered Anhinga.  We found it as advertised, roosting in the egret colony on the south side of the lake!  After watching it for half an hour, it flew directly over us to the north part of the lake.  What a gorgeous bird!

Directions:  You can reach Ramer Lake from Calipatria by driving south on CA Hwy 111 for 2.8 miles to Quay Road.  Turn left (east) on to Quay Road and follow it about .8 miles to the hunter's kiosk/management office.  Turn right here and travel south around the chain link fence to the edge of the lake;  continue south to an east-west road that divides the lake.  Proceed to the middle of this road, and then look to your south (or southeast) for the anhinga perching up on a snag.


Anhinga at Ramer Lake

 


Ramer Lake

Bob's in the middle, showing folks the Anhinga and other fine feathered friends nesting in the egret & heron colony. 

From this vantage point, it's easy to see nesting Cattle & Great Egrets, Black-crowned Night Herons, and  Double-crested Cormorants.  Swimming about on the water we had Common Moorhen, American Coot, and Ruddy Duck. 
Cattle Egret at Ramer Lake
   

Clark's Grebe at Ramer Lake
   
In the more open areas of Ramer Lake are both Clark's and Western Grebes.
After lunch and a visit to Red Hill Marina (where we saw the 1st-year Yellow-footed Gull), we gave everyone a tour of the bubbling mud pots!
Mud Pots


Salton Sea, 11 Apr 2003
 
# Species
1 Pied-billed Grebe
2 Eared Grebe
3 Western Grebe
4 Clark's Grebe
5 American White Pelican
6 Anhinga
7 Double-crested Cormorant
8 Great Blue Heron
9 Great Egret
10 Snowy Egret
11 Cattle Egret
12 Green Heron
13 Black-crowned Night Heron
14 White-faced Ibis
15 Mallard
16 Cinnamon Teal
17 Northern Shoveler
18 Greater Scaup
19 Ruddy Duck
20 Northern Harrier
21 American Kestrel
22 Ring-necked Pheasant
23 Gambel's Quail
24 Sora
25 Common Moorhen
26 American Coot
27 Black-bellied Plover
28 Snowy Plover
29 Killdeer
30 Black-necked Stilt
31 American Avocet
32 Greater Yellowlegs
33 Willet
34 Spotted Sandpiper
35 Whimbrel
36 Long-billed Curlew
37 Marbled Godwit
38 Western Sandpiper
39 Least Sandpiper
40 Dunlin
41 Long-billed Dowitcher
42 Turkey Vulture
43 Franklin's Gull
 
# Species
44 Bonaparte's Gull
45 Ring-billed Gull
46 California Gull
47 Yellow-footed Gull
48 Forster's Tern
49 Rock Dove
50 White-winged Dove
51 Mourning Dove
52 Inca Dove
53 Common Ground-Dove
54 Greater Roadrunner
55 Barn Owl
56 Great Horned Owl
57 Burrowing Owl
58 Anna's Hummingbird
59 Gila Woodpecker
60 Black Phoebe
61 Western Kingbird
62 Horned Lark
63 Tree Swallow
64 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
65 Cliff Swallow
66 Barn Swallow
67 Verdin
68 Cactus Wren
69 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
70 Mountain Bluebird
71 Northern Mockingbird
72 European Starling
73 Wilson's Warbler
74 Orange-crowned Warbler
75 Abert's Towhee
76 Savannah Sparrow
77 White-crowned Sparrow
78 Red-winged Blackbird
79 Western Meadowlark
80 Yellow-headed Blackbird
81 Brewer's Blackbird
82 Great-tailed Grackle
83 Brown-headed Cowbird
84 Hooded Oriole
85 House Finch
86 House Sparrow

Photos Henry D. Detwiler