This area has a number of
riparian and watery habitats that are good for migrants,
waterfowl, and other wintering passerines. The Hidden
Shores Golf Course continues to turn up all types of sparrows,
Lazuli Buntings, breeding Vermilion Flycatchers, and migrants
such as Bendire's Thrasher.
Site #6 on the Yuma
Getting here from the intersection of 1st Street and 4th
- Drive north on 4th Ave
across the Colorado River Bridge to the turn-off for California Highway
S-24 (Pichacho Recreation Area)
- Turn right and go north on S24
- Follow S24 as it winds its way through Bard
- After 7 miles you'll be at the Colorado River and then at Laguna Dam,
which is across from Betty's Kitchen
- At 8.5 miles you'll be at the turn-off to Senator Wash and West Pond --
- At 9.5 miles you'll be at the turn-off for Imperial Dam spillway (#4,
#5, & #6 below).
- At 10 miles you'll be at the turn-off for Hidden Shore RV Resort (#1,
#2, & #3 below).
the present time the road leading to the downstream side of
Imperial Dam (#4 on the map below) is blocked off by
barriers. You can still walk in, though.
spots correspond with the map on the right.)
loop road takes you next to the Gila Gravity Canal headworks and
overflow. In spring and fall there are often shorebirds,
and and at all seasons look for Spotted Sandpiper, Vermilion
Flycatchers, Black Phoebe, and gnatcatchers.
Shores Golf Course--it's a small golf course with lots of
mesquite and a few eucalyptus trees. Still, it's the most
reliable spot for Vermilion Flycatcher in the area, and during
migration and winter it attracts Dark-eyed Juncos, Chipping
& other sparrows, buntings, and my first Bendire's Thrasher
for the area.
waters and marshes behind Imperial Dam are good for Clapper
Rail, Common Moorhen and Pied-billed Grebe. Keep a watch
is the road to the spillway for the Imperial Dam. It
passes by a small pond good for flycatchers and Cinnamon
Teal. The road has been blocked since Sep 11, 2001, but
may be opened again in the future. It is worth walking in
the cooler months.
spillway overflow hosts many species of waterfowl in the
winter. There are picnic tables and a grassy area which
attract Mountain Bluebirds and Vermilion Flycatcher.
Terns, gulls, and cormorants often sit on the spillway.
road follows a heavily vegetated canal south to the Colorado
River. Common Snipe, Cooper's Hawk, warblers, and
Lincoln's Sparrows are all found along here.
Dam & Hidden Shores Resort
on the map for aerial photo)
the birding suggestions on the left
Blue areas are water (canals, rivers, ponds, marshes, etc.)
dots are trees
= rest room