Fortuna Pond & Imperial Dam areas
22, 2000
1400-1700, Sunny, 65-70 

A short, pre-Thanksgiving scouting of the Lower Colorado Valley with Don Stoecker and Henry Detwiler
46 species total

Don, an accomplished birder from Montana, wanted to pick up a few more birds for his already extensive Arizona state list.  We weren't able to locate any blue-winged teal, but we did find him an Osprey and a Brown Pelican. 


Osprey along Colorado River

We drove up the east side of the Colorado River and stopped at Fortuna Pond first.  Not much happening there, so me moved on to Betty's Kitchen and Mittry Lake.  A lot of N. Flickers out, but hardly any ducks at Betty's Kitchen.  On the hill overlooking Mittry Lake we spotted the Brown Pelican and our first ducks.  Also there was a small flock of Red-breasted Mergansers.  Not even any Cinnamon Teal in the canals.  (it is hunting season) 
Our return trip took us down the west (California) side of the Colorado River. 


Osprey along Colorado River 


At West Pond I found this Belted Kingfisher perched on a snag.  Further south, we found this Osprey in a tree on the banks of the Colorado, close enough that I could get some nice shots through my scope.  And when it took off, it headed over Arizona just for Don!

Belted Kingfisher

# Species Name
1 Western Grebe
2 Pied-Billed Grebe
3 Brown Pelican
4 Double-Crested Cormorant
5 Great Blue Heron
6 Great Egret
7 Snowy Egret
8 Northern Pintail
9 Ruddy Duck
10 Ring-Necked Duck
11 Redhead
12 Red-Breasted Merganser
13 Lesser Scaup
14 Bufflehead
15 American Wigeon
16 Northern Shoveler
17 American Coot
18 Virginia Rail
19 Common Gallinule
20 Ring-Billed Gull
21 Osprey
22 Red-Tailed Hawk
23 Northern Harrier
24 American Kestrel
25 Gambel's Quail
26 Mourning Dove
27 Rock Dove
28 Costa's Hummingbird
29 Belted Kingfisher
30 Ladder-Backed Woodpecker
31 Northern Flicker
32 Black Phoebe
33 Tree Swallow
34 Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
35 Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
36 Loggerhead Shrike
37 Northern Mockingbird
38 European Starling
39 Orange-Crowned Warbler
40 Yellow-Rumped Warbler
41 Great-Tailed Grackle
42 Red-Winged Blackbird
43 Western Meadowlark
44 House Sparrow
45 Abert's Towhee
46 White-Crowned Sparrow


Photos Henry D. Detwiler