Lawrence's Goldfinch 


Salton Sea & Imperial Valley
Mar 25, 2002 
Guide -
Bob Miller

A full day in the Imperial Valley with Florida birder Robin Diaz. 

species (today's list follows at end of page)

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Lewis's Woodpecker

Started out the day on the feeders in my yard. Lark, Chipping, White-crowned Sparrows, Inca, Common Ground-Dove, Mourning Dove, Gila Woodpecker, Common Raven...nice start. Into El Centro where we had nice looks at a Lewis's Woodpecker for an un- expected lifer.

We searched in vain for our first target, Mountain Plover but missed them by one week! There was no shortage of swallows though, we had LOTS of all but Banks. The north wind had been extreme  for 3 days straight and today was just beautiful and calm so migrants were really stacked up. We found this Loggerhead Shrike tending a nest with it's mate!

Loggerhead Shrike

Sage Thrasher

From the south end we shot all the way to the far north end to try for our second target, Sage Sparrow.  None. This Sage Thrasher was an unexpected treat and fun to watch. 

A really unexpected treat were the two birds that landed just a few yards from us. Robin saw them first, "oh.. oh.. Lawrence's Goldfinch!"  What a sweet way to find a lifer!

Lawrence's Goldfinch 

Lawrence's Goldfinch 

From there we headed for the Salton Sea for target three, Yellow-footed Gull. If you have been following the reports of the number wintering here this year, you already know we struck out! As Pete says, bird wins!

At Obsidian Butte we were just picking out our third Ruddy Turnstone when I heard Flipper, and several of his friends in the distance!! Here they came, 7 Gull-billed Terns, first of the season, circled over us and settled onto the islands! Now that and a red sunset will make anyone's day!

Lawrence's Goldfinch 

Salton Sea & Imperial Valley, Mar. 25, 2002
  1. Pied-billed Grebe

  2. Eared Grebe

  3. American White Pelican

  4. Double-crested Cormorant

  5. Great Blue Heron

  6. Great Egret

  7. Snowy Egret

  8. Cattle Egret

  9. Black-crowned Night-Heron

  10. White-faced Ibis

  11. American Wigeon

  12. Green-winged Teal

  13. Mallard

  14. Northern Pintail

  15. Cinnamon Teal

  16. Northern Shoveler

  17. Ruddy Duck

  18. Turkey Vulture

  19. Northern Harrier

  20. Sharp-shinned Hawk

  21. Red-tailed Hawk

  22. Gambel's Quail

  23. Ring-necked Pheasant

  24. Common Moorhen

  25. American Coot

  26. Black-necked Stilt

  27. American Avocet

  28. Black-bellied Plover

  29. Killdeer

  30. Long-billed Dowitcher

  31. Marbled Godwit

  32. Whimbrel

  33. Long-billed Curlew

  34. Greater Yellowlegs

  35. Lesser Yellowlegs

  36. Willet

  37. Western Sandpiper

  38. Least Sandpiper

  39. Dunlin

  40. Ring-billed Gull

  41. Bonaparte's Gull

  42. Gull-billed Tern

  43. Mourning Dove

  44. Common Ground-Dove

  1. Inca Dove

  2. Greater Roadrunner

  3. Burrowing Owl

  4. White-throated Swift

  5. Black-chinned Hummingbird

  6. Anna's Hummingbird

  7. Belted Kingfisher

  8. Gila Woodpecker

  9. Black Phoebe

  10. Say's Phoebe

  11. Western Kingbird

  12. Horned Lark

  13. Tree Swallow

  14. Violet-green Swallow

  15. Cliff Swallow

  16. Barn Swallow

  17. American Pipit

  18. Ruby-crowned Kinglet

  19. Phainopepla

  20. Northern Mockingbird

  21. Sage Thrasher

  22. Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

  23. Verdin

  24. Loggerhead Shrike

  25. European Starling

  26. Orange-crowned Warbler

  27. Yellow-rumped Warbler

  28. Common Yellowthroat

  29. Abert's Towhee

  30. Chipping Sparrow

  31. Brewer's Sparrow

  32. Lark Sparrow

  33. Song Sparrow

  34. White-crowned Sparrow

  35. Dark-eyed Junco

  36. Red-winged Blackbird

  37. Western Meadowlark

  38. Brewer's Blackbird

  39. Great-tailed Grackle

  40. Brown-headed Cowbird

  41. Bullock's Oriole

  42. House Finch

  43. Lesser Goldfinch

  44. Lawrence's Goldfinch

Photos Bob Miller