Great Blue Heron 


Salton Sea - Imperial Valley
Jan 11, 2002 
-Bob Miller

A pre-planning and scouting trip, with Anna Hoffman, for the San Diego Natural History Museums President's Circle field trip . The page for that field trip is Feb. 2, 2002 or click here.
species (list follows at end of page)

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American Wigeon 

We met bright and early and set out to plan our route for the upcoming field trip. Anna had never birded the area before so she was in for a real treat. Our first stop was the New River Wetlands which were teeming with wildlife.

We birded our way north, to the Salton Sea and across Obsidian Butte, where we picked up the rarity of the day, this obliging Thayer's Gull in the company of Ring-billed and California Gulls.

Ring-billed, Thayer's, California Gulls

Pied-billed Grebe


At the Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR we walked out Rock Hill trail to the sea and the ponds. This Pied-billed Grebe did something most unusual, it actually sat still long enough for me to get the scope on it and snap a pic!




American White Pelicans



The feeding antics of the American White Pelicans was fun to watch! They would move along in a tight group and, in unison, would all dip their heads under. They would then fly a few feet and start the process again. The pond on the other side of the sea wall held thousands of waterfowl, geese and shore birds.


American White Pelicans

American White Pelicans sunset

The sunset was truly spectacular as the Chocolate Mountains took on a rosy glow and the calm sea was rippled by wildlife. The sounds of birds filling the air. It was a great day and a great new friendship.

Salton Sea sunset 

Salton Sea & the Imperial Valley, Jan. 11, 2002

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


Long-billed Curlew
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Spotted Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Wilson's Phalarope
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Herring Gull
Thayer's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
Forster's Tern
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Common Ground-Dove
Barn Owl
Burrowing Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Black Phoebe
Say's Phoebe
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Rock Wren
Marsh Wren
Northern Mockingbird
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Abert's Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Great-tailed Grackle
House Finch

Photos Bob Miller