American White Pelicans


Salton Sea & Imperial Valley with Ruth and Ernie
Mar 26, 2003 
Guide: Bob Miller

A day of birding and exploration.

species (list follows at end of page)

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Great Horned Owl tree

Adult with three young!

Our day began at the New River Wetlands Project in Brawley where we had Virginia Rail and Sora at our feet and Least Bittern calling all around us as we enjoyed burritos from Johnny's!  On our way north we found that the Great Horned Owls had THREE chicks!

Barnacle blowout!

Beach from Lindsey Road

The barnacle beach at Lack and Lindsey blew out just as we pulled up. An adult Yellow-footed Gull happened to be there when we pulled up too!!

We turned our attention to the area behind us which seemed to have just about one of everything we need to study closely. 

Ruth and Ernie at Salton Sea

Bubbling mud pot

We had a first year Yellow-footed Gull, a Chilean Flamingo and a glimpse of four Gull-billed Terns at the end of Garst Road.  The bubbling , gurgling mud pots never fail to impress visitors.

Near Calipatria we had  Ruddy and Common Ground-Doves, Inca and Mourning Doves and Eurasian Collared-Doves.  East of town we had two Sprague's Pipits.

Little Yellowstone? 

Finney Lake

Courting Clark's Grebes 

There were two Lesser Nighthawks at Finney Lake. Dancing Clark's Grebes and courting Western Grebes were a real treat. 

Roosting White-faced Ibis 

Ramer Lake sunset.

Thousands of White-faced Ibis and Cattle Egrets flying in to roost under a spectacular Imperial Valley sunset were the perfect ending to a perfect day!!

Salton Sea & Imperial Valley, Mar. 26, 2003
  1. Pied-billed Grebe

  2. Eared Grebe

  3. Western Grebe

  4. Clark's Grebe

  5. American White Pelican

  6. Double-crested Cormorant

  7. Least Bittern

  8. Great Blue Heron

  9. Great Egret

  10. Snowy Egret

  11. Cattle Egret

  12. Green Heron

  13. Black-crowned Night-Heron

  14. White-faced Ibis

  15. Green-winged Teal

  16. Mallard

  17. Cinnamon Teal

  18. Northern Shoveler

  19. Redhead

  20. Lesser Scaup

  21. Bufflehead

  22. Ruddy Duck

  23. Turkey Vulture

  24. Northern Harrier

  25. Sharp-shinned Hawk

  26. Cooper's Hawk

  27. American Kestrel

  28. Peregrine Falcon

  29. Gambel's Quail

  30. Ring-necked Pheasant

  31. Virginia Rail

  32. Sora

  33. Common Moorhen

  34. American Coot

  35. Black-necked Stilt

  36. American Avocet

  37. Killdeer

  38. Long-billed Dowitcher

  39. Marbled Godwit

  40. Long-billed Curlew

  41. Whimbrel

  42. Greater Yellowlegs

  43. Spotted Sandpiper

  44. Willet

  1. Western Sandpiper

  2. Least Sandpiper

  3. Bonaparte's Gull

  4. Ring-billed Gull

  5. California Gull

  6. Yellow-footed Gull

  7. Gull-billed Tern

  8. Forster's Tern

  9. Rock Dove

  10. Eurasian Collared-Dove

  11. Mourning Dove

  12. Common Ground-Dove

  13. Ruddy Ground-Dove

  14. Inca Dove

  15. Greater Roadrunner

  16. Barn Owl

  17. Great Horned Owl

  18. Burrowing Owl

  19. Lesser Nighthawk

  20. Belted Kingfisher

  21. Gila Woodpecker

  22. Black Phoebe

  23. Western Kingbird

  24. Tree Swallow

  25. Northern Rough-winged Swallow

  26. Cliff Swallow

  27. American Pipit

  28. Sprague's Pipit

  29. Cactus Wren

  30. Marsh Wren

  31. Northern Mockingbird

  32. Verdin

  33. European Starling

  34. Yellow-rumped Warbler

  35. Common Yellowthroat

  36. Abert's Towhee

  37. Song Sparrow

  38. White-crowned Sparrow

  39. Red-winged Blackbird

  40. Western Meadowlark

  41. Yellow-headed Blackbird

  42. Great-tailed Grackle

  43. Brown-headed Cowbird

  44. House Sparrow

Photos Bob Miller