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San Diego Bird Festival
Feb 5-9, 2003
Page One

"Salton Sea Sojourn"

By Bob Miller

A three day trip to the Salton Sea and the Imperial Valley, birding our way there and back through the deserts and mountains.

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146
species (list follows at end of page)

Click on thumbnail pictures for full-sized shots.


Acorn Woodpecker

Arriving in the mountains for our first stop proved to be chilly and most of the birds were seeking the same sunshine we were! A short hike from Paso Picacho Campground in Cuyamaca State Park gave us a White-headed Woodpecker. 

Cuyamaca Lake was the perfect spot to enjoy our lunches... in the warm sunshine!  The Wood Quail below was one of several carvings in the park of which a couple have nest holes used by Pygmy Nuthatch.


Cuyamaca Lake


Wood Quail...

Eating our lunch was constantly interupted by new birds coming into view! Looking at the shadow of this female Brewer's Blackbird, it is possible we found Micky Mouse in disguise!


Cuyamaca Lake


Mickey Mouse Brewer's Blackbird


Fox Sparrow 

Day two began in Brawley at Cattle Call Park. 

Fox Sparrow was an unexpected treat as we were serenaded by Western Meadowlark and others. 


 
Western Meadowlark 


Zone-tailed Hawk

This Zone-tailed Hawk has been wintering in the area as was this young female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

The weather could not have been finer as we visited the birdiest sites around the Imperial Valley.


Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 


Inca Dove


Red-tailed Hawk 

 

Salton Sea Sojourn
San Diego, Anza-Borrego, Salton Sea & Imperial Valley, Feb. 5-7, 2003
  1. Pied-billed Grebe

  2. Eared Grebe

  3. Western Grebe

  4. Clark's Grebe

  5. American White Pelican

  6. Brown Pelican

  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. Least Bittern

  15. White-faced Ibis

  16. Snow Goose

  17. Ross's Goose

  18. Canada Goose

  19. Wood Duck

  20. American Wigeon

  21. Gadwall

  22. Green-winged Teal

  23. Mallard

  24. Northern Pintail

  25. Cinnamon Teal

  26. Northern Shoveler

  27. Canvasback

  28. Redhead

  29. Ring-necked Duck

  30. Lesser Scaup

  31. Common Goldeneye

  32. Bufflehead

  33. Common Merganser

  34. Ruddy Duck

  35. Turkey Vulture

  36. Osprey

  37. White-tailed Kite

  38. Northern Harrier

  39. Red-shouldered Hawk

  40. Zone-tailed Hawk

  41. Red-tailed Hawk

  42. Ferruginous Hawk

  43. American Kestrel

  44. Peregrine Falcon

  45. Gambel's Quail

  46. Ring-necked Pheasant

  47. Sandhill Crane

  48. Sora

  49. Common Moorhen

  50. American Coot

  51. Black-necked Stilt

  52. American Avocet

  53. Black-bellied Plover

  54. Killdeer

  55. Mountain Plover

  56. Long-billed Dowitcher

  57. Marbled Godwit

  58. Long-billed Curlew

  59. Greater Yellowlegs

  60. Lesser Yellowlegs

  61. Spotted Sandpiper

  62. Willet

  63. Western Sandpiper

  64. Least Sandpiper

  65. Dunlin

  66. Stilt Sandpiper

  67. Ring-billed Gull

  68. California Gull

  69. Western Gull

  70. Yellow-footed Gull

  71. Herring Gull

  72. Rock Dove

  73. Mourning Dove

  1. Common Ground-Dove

  2. Ruddy Ground-Dove

  3. Inca Dove

  4. Greater Roadrunner

  5. Barn Owl

  6. Burrowing Owl

  7. Lesser Nighthawk

  8. White-throated Swift

  9. Anna's Hummingbird

  10. Costa's Hummingbird

  11. Belted Kingfisher

  12. Lewis's Woodpecker

  13. Acorn Woodpecker

  14. Gila Woodpecker

  15. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

  16. Red-naped Sapsucker

  17. Nuttall's Woodpecker

  18. White-headed Woodpecker

  19. Northern Flicker

  20. Black Phoebe

  21. Say's Phoebe

  22. Vermilion Flycatcher

  23. Horned Lark

  24. Tree Swallow

  25. Northern Rough-winged Swallow

  26. Barn Swallow

  27. American Pipit

  28. Ruby-crowned Kinglet

  29. Phainopepla

  30. Cactus Wren

  31. Rock Wren

  32. Marsh Wren

  33. Northern Mockingbird

  34. Le Conte's Thrasher

  35. Western Bluebird

  36. Mountain Bluebird

  37. American Robin

  38. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

  39. Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

  40. Mountain Chickadee

  41. Pygmy Nuthatch

  42. White-breasted Nuthatch

  43. Verdin

  44. Loggerhead Shrike

  45. Steller's Jay

  46. Western Scrub-Jay

  47. American Crow

  48. Common Raven

  49. European Starling

  50. Orange-crowned Warbler

  51. Yellow-rumped Warbler

  52. Common Yellowthroat

  53. Abert's Towhee

  54. Spotted Towhee

  55. California Towhee

  56. Chipping Sparrow

  57. Brewer's Sparrow

  58. Vesper Sparrow

  59. Savannah Sparrow

  60. LeConte's Sparrow

  61. Grasshopper Sparrow

  62. Fox Sparrow

  63. Song Sparrow

  64. Lincoln's Sparrow

  65. White-crowned Sparrow

  66. Dark-eyed Junco

  67. Red-winged Blackbird

  68. Tricolored Blackbird

  69. Western Meadowlark

  70. Brewer's Blackbird

  71. Great-tailed Grackle

  72. House Finch

  73. House Sparrow

Photos Bob Miller