Bank Swallows


Orange County's Sea & Sage Audubon Society Salton Sea Summer field Trip 
Jul 20-21, 2002 
Guide -
Vic Leipzig with Nancy Kenyon coordinating ( Bob Miller tagging along on Sat.)

An overnight trip visiting Wister Waterfowl Area, Davis Road, SBSS NWR, Cattle Call Park, residential Brawley, Fites and Carter Roads, the New River Wetlands Imperial site and many points along the way!

species (list follows at end of page)

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Western Sandpipers

Long-billed Dowitcher

Newly arrived Western Sandpipers and Long-billed Dowitchers were numerous. This lone (and rare to the area!) Wandering Tattler was difficult to see in the distance and the heat. Dragon Flies and Damselflies were abundant.

Wandering Tattler

Spot-winged Glider Dragonfly

Western Pondhawk Dragonfly

Cliff Swallow 

Tree Swallow 

A huge flock of migrating Cliff and Tree Swallows with many juveniles and a few Bank Swallows was an interesting study. These Desert Forktails are very similar to the Rambur's Forktail Damselflies that are numerous at the New River Wetlands Project sites. 

Swallows on Alamo River at Salton Sea 

Desert Forktail Damselflies in wheel

Great Egret 

The Barn Owl Condo on Walker road gave us an obscured but interesting look at one of it's residents. This huge spider was in the men's room at the S. B. Salton Sea NWR. We liberated it back to the wild. Can anyone tell us what it is?

Barn Owl in condo

"Eight-legged Freak"


   Salton Sea & Imperial Valley, Jul. 20-21, 2002
  1. Pied-billed Grebe

  2. Eared Grebe

  3. Western Grebe

  4. Clark's Grebe

  5. Double-crested Cormorant

  6. American White Pelican

  7. Brown Pelican

  8. Ruddy Duck

  9. Gadwall

  10. Mallard

  11. Northern Pintail

  12. Cinnamon Teal

  13. Redhead

  14. Snowy Egret

  15. Great Blue Heron

  16. Great Egret

  17. Cattle Egret

  18. Green Heron

  19. Black-crowned Night-Heron

  20. Least Bittern

  21. American Bittern

  22. White-faced Ibis

  23. Turkey Vulture

  24. Cooper's Hawk

  25. American Kestrel

  26. Gambel's Quail

  27. Common Moorhen

  28. American Coot

  29. Marbled Godwit

  30. Whimbrel

  31. Long-billed Curlew

  32. Greater Yellowlegs

  33. Wandering Tattler

  34. Short-billed Dowitcher

  35. Long-billed Dowitcher

  36. Western Sandpiper

  37. Least Sandpiper

  38. Wilson's Phalarope

  39. Black-necked Stilt

  40. American Avocet

  41. Semipalmated Plover

  42. Killdeer

  43. Snowy Plover

  44. Ring-billed Gull

  45. California Gull

  46. Yellow-footed Gull

  47. Bonaparte's Gull


  1. Laughing Gull

  2. Black Tern

  3. Gull-billed Tern

  4. Caspian Tern

  5. Forster's Tern

  6. Rock Dove

  7. Mourning Dove

  8. White-winged Dove

  9. Inca Dove

  10. Common Ground-Dove

  11. Greater Roadrunner

  12. Barn Owl

  13. Burrowing Owl

  14. Lesser Nighthawk

  15. Anna's Hummingbird

  16. Gila Woodpecker

  17. Ladder-backed Woodpecker

  18. Black Phoebe

  19. Ash-throated Flycatcher

  20. Western Kingbird

  21. Common Raven

  22. Warbling Vireo

  23. Loggerhead Shrike

  24. Northern Mockingbird

  25. European Starling

  26. Cactus Wren

  27. Marsh Wren

  28. Verdin

  29. Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

  30. Tree Swallow

  31. Northern Rough-winged Swallow

  32. Cliff Swallow

  33. Bank Swallow

  34. House Sparrow

  35. Lesser Goldfinch

  36. House Finch

  37. Common Yellowthroat

  38. Song Sparrow

  39. Abert's Towhee

  40. Western Tanager

  41. Bullock's Oriole

  42. Yellow-headed Blackbird

  43. Red-winged Blackbird

  44. Western Meadowlark

  45. Great-tailed Grackle

  46. Brewer's Blackbird

  47. Bronzed Cowbird

  48. Brown-headed Cowbird

Photos Bob Miller