Lesser Nighthawk


San Diego Audubon Society Salton Sea Summer field Trip 
Aug 3, 2002 
Guide -
Bob Miller, organized by Bill McCausland

A morning of summer birding!

species (list follows at end of page)

Click on thumbnail pictures for full-sized shots.

Black-crowned Night-Heron

0700 at the SB Salton Sea NWR was unbelievably nice for an August morning. We walked out the Rock Hill Trail picking up Abert's Towhee, Verdin and the other regulars. This BCNH was a showy treat. Especially fantastic was a pair of the very few Wood Storks seen this year that flew in to steal the show.

On the ponds we had lots of American Avocet and Northern Shovelers with a few Ruddy Ducks still in sky blue bill. Conspicuously absent for the day were Gull-billed Terns. 

Imm. and adult Wood Stork

Yellow-footed Gull 

On to Obsidian Butte for our first nice look at Yellow-footed Gull. Five Ruddy Turnstone, numerous Marbled Godwit and more were on the "rocks" while several Lesser Nighthawks were flitting around on the island.

We then headed up Garst and over to Davis Road where we had possibly two Peregrine Falcons. At the end of Pound Road we had great looks at "large-billed" Savannah Sparrows. Back into our air-conditioned bird blinds and we were headed to Calipatria for lunch. The last vehicle in the line would not start and the battery exploded on us. It's called life

Caravan at Obsidian Butte 

Well posted Lesser Nighthawk

and stuff happens! Thankfully no one was hurt so we got everyone into Calipatria for lunch and a hasty good bye as we were off to locate a new battery. On our way back out we came across this Lesser Nighthawk for a few candid and one awesome pic (above).


   Salton Sea & Imperial Valley, Aug. 3, 2002
  1. Eared Grebe

  2. Western Grebe

  3. Clark's Grebe

  4. American White Pelican

  5. Brown Pelican

  6. Double-crested Cormorant

  7. Great Blue Heron

  8. Great Egret

  9. Snowy Egret

  10. Cattle Egret

  11. Green Heron

  12. Black-crowned Night-Heron

  13. Wood Stork

  14. White-faced Ibis

  15. Mallard

  16. Northern Shoveler

  17. Redhead

  18. Ruddy Duck

  19. Turkey Vulture

  20. American Kestrel

  21. Peregrine Falcon

  22. American Coot

  23. Black-necked Stilt

  24. American Avocet

  25. Black-bellied Plover

  26. Semipalmated Plover

  27. Killdeer

  28. Long-billed Dowitcher

  29. Marbled Godwit

  30. Greater Yellowlegs

  31. Spotted Sandpiper

  32. Willet

  33. Ruddy Turnstone

  34. Western Sandpiper

  35. Least Sandpiper

  36. Wilson's Phalarope


  1. Ring-billed Gull

  2. California Gull

  3. Yellow-footed Gull

  4. Laughing Gull

  5. Caspian Tern

  6. Forster's Tern

  7. Black Tern

  8. Black Skimmer

  9. Rock Dove

  10. Mourning Dove

  11. White-winged Dove

  12. Common Ground-Dove

  13. Burrowing Owl

  14. Lesser Nighthawk

  15. Anna's Hummingbird

  16. Black Phoebe

  17. Western Kingbird

  18. Northern Rough-winged Swallow

  19. Cliff Swallow

  20. Cactus Wren

  21. Northern Mockingbird

  22. Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

  23. Verdin

  24. Loggerhead Shrike

  25. European Starling

  26. Common Yellowthroat

  27. Abert's Towhee

  28. Savannah Sparrow

  29. Song Sparrow

  30. Red-winged Blackbird

  31. Western Meadowlark

  32. Great-tailed Grackle

  33. Brown-headed Cowbird

  34. House Finch

  35. Lesser Goldfinch

  36. House Sparrow

Photos Bob Miller