Salton Sea & Imperial Valley with Pat & Robert
Mar 24, 2003 
Guide: Bob Miller

A morning of birding and exploration.

species (list follows at end of page)

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Burrowing Owl

Meeting in Westmoreland we headed north picking up all three expected owls in the first 20 minutes! 

We were able to see that there were at least two young in the Great Horned Owl's nest.

Great Horned Owl

The other Great Horned Owl

We also saw, very well hidden in the only green vegetation in the whole tree, the second adult.  A flight of white geese in the distance with a few Canada Geese in the mix was a late surprise.

Peregrine Falcon

We had this Peregrine along Garst Road and at the Alamo River we had the first Gull-billed Terns of the year. All of the Flamingos were seen along the delta also. We found a first year Yellow-footed Gull at Red Hill.

A short hike in the Bermuda grass gave us two Sprague's Pipits, one of which pulled the perfect disappearing act!!

Pat & Robert in the pipit field 

Mount Signal in background

Huge fields of flowers called Stock are being harvested right now. Mount Signal, 3/4 of which is in Mexico, can be seen about 40 miles away in the background.

We finished up with lunch at the other Johnny's. This one in Westmoreland, no relation, which makes one of the best Carne Asada burritos in the valley.


Salton Sea & Imperial Valley, Mar. 24, 2003
  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. White-faced Ibis

  10. "white geese"

  11. Canada Goose

  12. Mallard

  13. Cinnamon Teal

  14. Northern Shoveler

  15. Greater Scaup

  16. Lesser Scaup

  17. Bufflehead

  18. Ruddy Duck

  19. Northern Harrier

  20. Red-tailed Hawk

  21. American Kestrel

  22. Peregrine Falcon

  23. Gambel's Quail

  24. Common Moorhen

  25. American Coot

  26. Black-bellied Plover

  27. Black-necked Stilt

  28. American Avocet

  29. Killdeer

  30. Long-billed Dowitcher

  31. Marbled Godwit

  32. Greater Yellowlegs

  33. Lesser Yellowlegs

  34. Willet

  35. Least Sandpiper

  36. Bonaparte's Gull

  1. Ring-billed Gull

  2. California Gull

  3. Herring Gull

  4. Yellow-footed Gull

  5. Gull-billed Tern

  6. Caspian Tern

  7. Forster's Tern

  8. Rock Dove

  9. Mourning Dove

  10. Common Ground-Dove

  11. Ruddy Ground-Dove

  12. Inca Dove

  13. Greater Roadrunner

  14. Barn Owl

  15. Great Horned Owl

  16. Burrowing Owl

  17. Black Phoebe

  18. Western Kingbird

  19. Horned Lark

  20. Northern Rough-winged Swallow

  21. Cliff Swallow

  22. Barn Swallow

  23. Sprague's Pipit

  24. Marsh Wren

  25. Northern Mockingbird

  26. European Starling

  27. Yellow-rumped Warbler

  28. Common Yellowthroat

  29. Abert's Towhee

  30. Savannah Sparrow

  31. Song Sparrow

  32. White-crowned Sparrow

  33. Red-winged Blackbird

  34. Western Meadowlark

  35. Great-tailed Grackle

  36. House Sparrow

Photos Bob Miller