Western Meadowlark


Imperial Valley w/ Doug & Mickey
Nov 29, 2003 
Narrated by Bob Miller

A fun morning of scouting on a picture perfect fall day! 

species (list follows at end of page)

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Longspur country 
Our first get together was over a great steak dinner and bottle of wine at the Calipatria Inn! Next morning we pulled out just as the sun popped up and were birding right away.  Mountain Plover and Long-billed Curlew were among the first great birds of the morning as we rolled through the farmland.
As the sun warmed us up it also warmed up the Cattle Egrets who were joining us in the field.  The American Pipits and Horned Lark numbers were amazing and we were soon hearing the Chestnut-collared Longspur as well.

With a little patience we soon had a few Chestnut-collared Longspurs in our scopes.  A small flight of LBJ's buzzed by us and we heard a distinctive little rattle that told us something special was with that group. We searched frantically as they landed near us and were very lucky to have a Lapland Longspur centered in the scope!



Savannah Sparrows were numerous as well and we soon had Mountain Bluebirds hovering near us. We headed into Brawley and made a loop around Cattle Call Park and then went to what is left of Las Flores Drive where we had a nice look at the wintering Lewis' Woodpecker. As we pulled away on D Street the Zone-tailed Hawk came right over us and circled once to show off which we appreciated greatly.  

The Brawley Site of the New River Wetlands Project gave us numerous Gambel's Quail and the we heard lots of Least Bittern and Sora. An American Bittern was a great treat too. Lunch was fantastic at Escalera's Su Casa Restaurant and then it was time to head home with a great new friendship in bloom!

Savannah Sparrow

Imperial Valley  Nov 29, 2003
  1. Pied-billed Grebe

  2. Double-crested Cormorant

  3. American Bittern

  4. Least Bittern

  5. Great Blue Heron

  6. Great Egret

  7. Snowy Egret

  8. Cattle Egret,

  9. Green Heron

  10. Black-crowned Night-Heron

  11. White-faced Ibis

  12. Turkey Vulture

  13. Northern Shoveler

  14. Red-breasted Merganser

  15. Northern Harrier

  16. Sharp-shinned Hawk

  17. Zone-tailed Hawk

  18. Red-tailed Hawk

  19. American Kestrel

  20. Gambel's Quail

  21. Virginia Rail

  22. Sora

  23. Common Moorhen

  24. American Coot

  25. Killdeer

  26. Mountain Plover

  27. Black-necked Stilt

  28. Whimbrel

  29. Long-billed Curlew

  30. Ring-billed Gull

  31. Herring Gull

  32. Rock Pigeon

  33. Eurasian Collared-Dove

  34. Mourning Dove

  1. Inca Dove

  2. Common Ground-Dove

  3. Burrowing Owl

  4. Costa's Hummingbird

  5. Belted Kingfisher

  6. Gila Woodpecker

  7. Northern Flicker

  8. Black Phoebe

  9. Say's Phoebe

  10. Vermilion Flycatcher

  11. Loggerhead Shrike

  12. Verdin

  13. Marsh Wren

  14. Ruby-crowned Kinglet

  15. Mountain Bluebird

  16. Northern Mockingbird

  17. European Starling

  18. American Pipit

  19. Phainopepla

  20. American Pipit

  21. Yellow-rumped Warbler

  22. Common Yellowthroat

  23. Abert's Towhee

  24. Savannah Sparrow

  25. Song Sparrow

  26. White-crowned Sparrow

  27. Lapland Longspur

  28. Chestnut-collared Longspur

  29. Red-winged Blackbird

  30. Western Meadowlark

  31. Great-tailed Grackle

  32. House Finch

  33. House Sparrow

Photos Bob Miller