Salton Sea


Salton Sea with Marguerite & Mark
Aug 31, 2003 
Guides Bob Miller

Braving the heat for a day of "hot" birds sightings! 

species (list follows at end of page)

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Salton Sea sunrise 
Sunrise near the New River Delta was outstanding and the number of birds was impressive.  
There had been a good hatch of Tilapia and the fish eating birds were getting all they could.   

Large flocks of Red-necked Phalaropes were fun to watch as they wheeled around in tight little groups over the water.  A flock is visible in this photo beyond the Snowy and Great Egrets and this lone Great Blue Heron.

We had Red-necked Phalaropes, American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Forster's Terns and other birds passing right by us at eye level on one of the protruding corners of the sea wall. 

Red-necked Phalaropes

Wood Storks

Wood Storks

We came upon this group of 14 Wood Storks along the sea wall.  We found a lone bird a few miles further north.  As we were headed back into Calipatria, about noon, we had a flock of seven Wood Storks gaining altitude and heading south over the Alamo River. The remaining storks would probably be following them within days. 

Variegated Meadowhawk
Bonaparte's Gulls were king of the hill on this snag but Black Terns are content to be on the low perches or even on the shallow rock outcroppings along this stretch of the Salton Sea.

"Large-billed" Savannah Sparrows are found where you would never think to look for Savannah Sparrows!  Among the rocks and concrete of the barren sea wall right at the edge of the Salton Sea.  We made a stop in Calipatria for Bronzed Cowbird, Costa's Hummingbird and others, then on to quick stops at the New River Wetlands project sites before calling it a day.

Going up!

Salton Sea, Imperial Valley  Aug 31, 2003
  1. Pied-billed Grebe

  2. Eared Grebe

  3. Western Grebe

  4. American White Pelican

  5. Brown 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. Wood Stork

  15. Turkey Vulture

  16. Mallard

  17. Cinnamon Teal

  18. Northern Pintail

  19. Redhead

  20. Osprey

  21. American Kestrel

  22. Common Moorhen

  23. American Coot

  24. Semipalmated Plover

  25. Killdeer

  26. Black-necked Stilt

  27. American Avocet

  28. Greater Yellowlegs

  29. Lesser Yellowlegs

  30. Willet

  31. Spotted Sandpiper

  32. Marbled Godwit

  33. Ruddy Turnstone

  34. Western Sandpiper

  35. Least Sandpiper

  36. Short-billed Dowitcher

  37. Long-billed Dowitcher

  38. Wilson's Phalarope

  39. Red-necked Phalarope

  40. Laughing Gull

  41. Ring-billed Gull

  42. California Gull

  43. Yellow-footed Gull

  1. Gull-billed Tern

  2. Caspian Tern

  3. Forster's Tern

  4. Black Tern

  5. Black Skimmer

  6. Eurasian Collared-Dove

  7. Rock Pigeon

  8. White-winged Dove

  9. Mourning Dove

  10. Inca Dove

  11. Common Ground-Dove

  12. Greater Roadrunner

  13. Burrowing Owl

  14. Lesser Nighthawk

  15. Anna's Hummingbird

  16. Costa's Hummingbird

  17. Gila Woodpecker

  18. Black Phoebe

  19. Western Kingbird

  20. Loggerhead Shrike

  21. Tree Swallow

  22. Bank Swallow

  23. Verdin

  24. Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

  25. Northern Mockingbird

  26. European Starling

  27. Orange-crowned Warbler

  28. Yellow Warbler

  29. Common Yellowthroat

  30. Abert's Towhee

  31. Savannah Sparrow "large-billed"

  32. Song Sparrow

  33. Red-winged Blackbird

  34. Western Meadowlark

  35. Yellow-headed Blackbird

  36. Brewer's Blackbird

  37. Great-tailed Grackle

  38. Bronzed Cowbird

  39. Brown-headed Cowbird

  40. Bullock's Oriole

  41. House Finch

  42. House Sparrow

Photos Bob Miller