Salton Sea Birding Festival
Feb 16-17, 2001
Most trips 0600-1200, Sunny, 45-70 

Trips ranged throughout the Imperial Valley, on the Salton Sea itself, to Finney & Ramer Lakes, and along the Sea's shoreline.
Guides: Henry Detwiler, Bruce Aird, Mike Wunder, Herb Young, and Kurt Leuschner
151 species total


The first field trip was an evening excursion to watch the White-faced Ibis and Cattle Egrets come into their roost at Ramer Lake.  


Lesser Nighthawk

On the way, we stopped off at Finney Lake so everyone could look at the roosting Lesser Nighthawks.  They were there as advertised!

    

At Ramer Lake we picked up a Black-crowned Night Heron, a variety of ducks, Common Moorhen, and several grebes.

            


Mountain Plover

The next morning (Saturday) was a search for the elusive Mountain Plover and the wide-ranging Ferruginous Hawk.  As fortune would have it, we scored on both.  Then at Ramer & Finney Lakes we added Vermilion Flycatcher and Crissal Thrasher.
       
Sunday morning saw us chasing gulls and waterbirds along the Salton seashore.  This Surf Scoter in breeding plumage was a treat for the eyes.


Surf Scoter



Surf Scoter


Bruce Aird (right) and Neal
At Obsidian Butte we saw a number of fine birds, including our primary target, the Yellow-footed Gull!  
Here's the Yellow-footed Gull with a Brown Pelican in the background.  We waited impatiently for the gull to stand and show off his bright orange-yellow legs & feet. 


Yellow-footed Gull

In a pond at the southeast corner of Obsidian Butte we found dozens of Lesser Yellowlegs and two Bonaparte's Gulls. 


Looking for the gull

Lesser Yellowlegs
The final stop of the morning was at the refuge headquarters, where Bruce spotted a Glaucous-winged Gull and I found the Eurasian Wigeon.  And others in the group got the Black-and-White Warbler!

Yellow-footed Gull & Brown Pelican
 
# Species Name
1 Western Grebe
2 Eared Grebe
3 Pied-Billed Grebe
4 Clark's Grebe
5 Brown Pelican
6 White Pelican
7 Double-Crested Cormorant
8 Snowy Egret
9 Black-Crowned Night Heron
10 Cattle Egret
11 Great Egret
12 Great Blue Heron
13 Green Heron
14 White-Faced Ibis
15 Sandhill Crane
16 Greater Scaup
17 Ruddy Duck
18 Northern Shoveler
19 Ring-Necked Duck
20 Redhead
21 Red-Breasted Merganser
22 Northern Pintail
23 Mallard
24 Lesser Scaup
25 Hooded Merganser
26 Green-Winged Teal
27 Common Goldeneye
28 Cinnamon Teal
29 Canvasback
30 Bufflehead
31 Eurasian Wigeon
32 American Wigeon
33 Snow Goose
34 Brant
35 Ross' Goose
36 Surf Scoter
37 Canada Goose
38 White-Fronted Goose
39 Gadwall
40 Common Moorhen
41 American Coot
42 Black-Necked Stilt
43 American Avocet
44 Black-Bellied Plover
45 Killdeer
46 Mountain Plover
47 Semipalmated Plover
48 Snowy Plover
49 Long-Billed Dowitcher
50 Stilt Sandpiper
51 Common Snipe
52 Spotted Sandpiper
53 Willet
54 Marbled Godwit
55 Lesser Yellowlegs
56 Greater Yellowlegs
57 Western Sandpiper
58 Least Sandpiper
59 Long-Billed Curlew
60 Lesser Black-Backed Gull
61 Forster's Tern
62 Caspian Tern
63 Yellow-Footed Gull
64 Herring Gull
65 Glaucous-Winged Gull
66 Western Gull
67 California Gull
68 Bonaparte's Gull
69 Ring-Billed Gull
70 Turkey Vulture
71 White-Tailed Kite
72 Cooper's Hawk
73 Ferruginous Hawk
74 Northern Harrier
75 Osprey
 
 
# Species Name
76 Red-Tailed Hawk
77 Sharp-Shinned Hawk
78 American Kestrel
79 Merlin
80 Peregrine Falcon
81 Praire Falcon
82 Gambel's Quail
83 Ring-Necked Pheasant
84 Inca Dove
85 Rock Dove
86 Common Ground Dove
87 Mourning Dove
88 Greater Roadrunner
89 Barn Owl
90 Burrowing Owl
91 Great Horned Owl
92 Lesser Nighthawk
93 Costa's Hummingbird
94 Anna's Hummingbird
95 Allen's Hummingbird
96 Belted Kingfisher
97 Lewis' Woodpecker
98 Gila Woodpecker
99 Ladder-Backed Woodpecker
100 Northern Flicker
101 Red-Breasted Sapsucker
102 Red-Naped Sapsucker
103 Say's Phoebe
104 Vermillion Flycatcher
105 Black Phoebe
106 Gray Flycatcher
107 Horned Lark
108 Barn Swallow
109 Cliff Swallow
110 Northern Rough-Winged Swallow
111 Tree Swallow
112 Common Raven
113 Verdin
114 Marsh Wren
115 Cactus Wren
116 Mountain Bluebird
117 American Robin
118 Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
119 Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
120 Loggerhead Shrike
121 Crissal Thrasher
122 Northern Mockingbird
123 American Pipit
124 Cedar Waxwing
125 Phainopepla
126 European Starling
127 Yellow Warbler
128 Common Yellowthroat
129 Yellow-Rumped Warbler
130 N. Parula
131 Black-And-White Warbler
132 American Redstart
133 Orange-Crowned Warbler
134 Brewer's Blackbird
135 Yellow-Headed Blackbird
136 Western Meadowlark
137 Red-Winged Blackbird
138 Great-Tailed Grackle
139 Brown-Headed Cowbird
140 House Sparrow
141 American Tree Sparrow
142 Song Sparrow
143 Abert's Towhee
144 Savannah Sparrow
145 Dark-Eyed Junco
146 Chipping Sparrow
147 White-Crowned Sparrow
148 Pine Siskin
149 American Goldfinch
150 House Finch
151 Lesser Goldfinch


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