Red-necked Phalarope


Yuma Elderhostel Trip
Apr 22-26, 2002 - 67-89 degrees
page by Henry Detwiler

A group of fifteen nature enthusiasts from all parts of the country converged on Yuma to search for birds along the Colorado River and the Salton Sea.  The tour was led by Bob Miller & Henry Detwiler. 
species (list follows at end of page)

Click on thumbnail pictures for full-sized shots.

Looking for the Hermit Warbler
 at Betty's Kitchen

On Monday we started off at a couple of migrant traps along the Colorado River.  At Mittry Lake we were happy to locate 10 warbler species, a Plumbeous Vireo, and many flycatchers.

Tuesday morning was spent on Martinez Lake & the Colorado River with Ron and his Yuma River Tours.  We were fortunate to see the Clark's Grebes doing their mating "dance" on the lake.

Herman the Great Egret


female Anna's Hummingbird

The following day we started before breakfast and ended up with a trip back to Mittry Lake after dinner.  We heard Black Rails, watched Poorwills and a Great-horned Owl, and Bob called in a Barn Owl with a rabbit distress call.     

Both Thursday and Friday were spent in the Imperial Valley, and we weren't disappointed with the wonderful number of birds.  At the Wister Waterfowl Management Refuge we were rewarded by 10 species of warblers, flycatchers, Western Tanagers, and many more.


Pacific-slope Flycatcher 

Sunset from the Coronado Motor Hotel

Eared Grebe at Imperial Ponds

The Imperial Project Ponds, which are helping to clean the New River, were also alive with warblers and passerines, and we spent several hours looking over the hordes.  We almost missed this Eared Grebe.

Yellow-headed Blackbird - breeding and noisy as ever.

New River Wetlands

As in times past, we visited an area of great geological activity--the bubbling mud pots.  Here, carbon dioxide and other gases escape from the earth, causing the liquid mud to bubble and churn.


Bubbling Mud Pots

Wilson's Phalarope

At Obsidian Butte, we were treated to hundreds of phalaropes--mostly Red-necked (for a change), but also several dozen Wilson's.  Also in attendance were scores of beautiful and graceful Black Terns, hawking over the surface of the pond.   

Black Tern at Obsidian Butte

Yuma Area Elderhostel Trip, 21-26  Apr 2002
# Species
1 Common Loon
2 Clark's Grebe
3 Western Grebe
4 Eared Grebe
5 Pied-billed Grebe
6 Brown Pelican
7 White Pelican
8 Double-crested Cormorant
9 Cattle Egret
10 Snowy Egret
11 Least Bittern
12 Green Heron
13 Great Egret
14 Black-crowned Night Heron
15 Great Blue Heron
16 White-faced Ibis
17 Redhead
18 American Wigeon
19 Northern Shoveler
20 Ruddy Duck
21 Ring-necked Duck
22 Mallard
23 Lesser Scaup
24 Cinnamon Teal
25 Common Goldeneye
26 Virginia Rail
27 Black Rail
28 Clapper Rail
29 Common Moorhen
30 American Coot
31 Sora
32 American Avocet
33 Black-necked Stilt
34 Snowy Plover
35 Semipalmated Plover
36 Killdeer
37 Black-bellied Plover
38 Long-billed Dowitcher
39 Red-necked Phalarope
40 Wilson's Phalarope
41 Willet
42 Western Sandpiper
43 Spotted Sandpiper
44 Long-billed Curlew
45 Lesser Yellowlegs
46 Least Sandpiper
47 Greater Yellowlegs
48 Dunlin
49 Whimbrel
50 Ring-billed Gull
51 Gull-billed Tern
52 Black Tern
53 Black Skimmer
54 Forster's Tern
55 Herring Gull
56 California Gull
57 Bonaparte's Gull
58 Caspian Tern
59 Turkey Vulture
60 Osprey
61 Red-tailed Hawk
62 Northern Harrier
63 Cooper's Hawk
64 Sharp-shinned Hawk
65 American Kestrel
66 Peregrine Falcon
67 Gambel's Quail
68 White-winged Dove
69 Inca Dove
70 Common Ground-Dove
71 Mourning Dove
72 Rock Dove
# Species
73 Greater Roadrunner
74 Barn Owl
75 Burrowing Owl
76 Great Horned Owl
77 Common Poorwill
78 Lesser Nighthawk
79 Vaux's Swift
80 White-throated Swift
81 Anna's Hummingbird
82 Costa's Hummingbird
83 Black-chinned Hummingbird
84 Gila Woodpecker
85 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
86 Western Kingbird
87 Pacific Slope Flycatcher
88 Say's Phoebe
89 Ash-throated Flycatcher
90 Black Phoebe
91 Vermilion Flycatcher
92 Horned Lark
93 Cliff Swallow
94 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
95 Tree Swallow
96 Barn Swallow
97 Common Raven
98 Verdin
99 Marsh Wren
100 Cactus Wren
101 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
102 Swainson's Thrush
103 Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
104 Loggerhead Shrike
105 Northern Mockingbird
106 Cedar Waxwing
107 Phainopepla
108 European Starling
109 Warbling Vireo
110 Plumbeous Vireo
111 Bell's Vireo
112 W. Wood Pewee
113 Cassin's Vireo
114 Hermit Warbler
115 Yellow-rumped Warbler
116 Orange-crowned Warbler
117 Common Yellowthroat
118 Black-throated Gray Warbler
119 Wilson's Warbler
120 Townsend's Warbler
121 Nashville Warbler
122 Macgillivray's Warbler
123 Yellow Warbler
124 Bronzed Cowbird
125 Scott's Oriole
126 Brewer's Blackbird
127 Hooded Oriole
128 Brown-headed Cowbird
129 Bullock's Oriole
130 Red-winged Blackbird
131 Western Meadowlark
132 Great-tailed Grackle
133 Yellow-headed Blackbird
134 Western Tanager
135 House Sparrow
136 Spotted Towhee
137 White-crowned Sparrow
138 Song Sparrow
139 Brewer's Sparrow
140 Abert's Towhee
141 Lincoln's Sparrow
142 Blue Grosbeak
143 Black-headed Grosbeak
144 House Finch
145 Lesser Goldfinch
146 Lazuli Bunting

Photos Henry D. Detwiler & Bob Miller