Yellow-footed Gull


Salton Sea & the Imperial Valley with Sue & Paula
Jan 07, 2002  

A day of birding with friends.  

93 species total (list follows at end of page)

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Sue and Paula
We started our adventure from the Calipatria Inn, just at sunup, and were into good birds right from the start.  Just outside of town we had a field with over 700 Mountain Plover, and the Prairie Falcon that tends to follow them around for some reason. 

Painted Lady

Chestnut-collared Longspur

We made a loop out into the agricultural area to the east where we had lots of sparrows and we found our longspurs.  


Yellow-footed Gull

We headed for the Salton Sea from here and walked the sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR for a bit. We then birded along the shore looking for Yellow-footed Gull. I looked across the pond at Lack and Lindsey seeing nothing unusual.  Shucks, no YFGU.  Then Sue says "what about the big gull that was in the pond?"  We back up and sure enough, I drove right past an adult Yellow-footed Gull that let us get these fine pics!

Our next destination was the New River Wetlands Project Imperial and Brawley sites. The birding was great and the sunset we experienced from the Brawley site was truly fantastic.

NRW Brawley

NRW Brawley

Salton Sea & Imperial Valley
07 Jan 2002

Pied-billed Grebe
Eared Grebe
American White Pelican
Brown Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
White-faced Ibis
Snow Goose
Ross's Goose
Canada Goose
American Wigeon
Green-winged Teal
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
Lesser Scaup
Ruddy Duck
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Prairie Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Gambel's Quail
Common Moorhen
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Mountain Plover
Long-billed Dowitcher
Marbled Godwit
Long-billed Curlew
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs

Spotted Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Yellow-footed Gull
Herring Gull
Caspian Tern
Forster's Tern
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Greater Roadrunner
Barn Owl
Great Horned Owl
Burrowing Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Black Phoebe
Say's Phoebe
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
American Pipit
Rock Wren
Marsh Wren
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Abert's Towhee
Brewer's Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Lapland Longspur
Chestnut-collared Longspur
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Brewer's Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
House Finch
House Sparrow

Photos Henry D. Detwiler & Bob Miller