Yellow-footed Gull


Imperial Valley w/ Sandy & Kathi
Dec 08, 2003 
Guide Bob Miller

Exploring the Imperial Valley and the Salton Sea! 

species (list follows at end of page)

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Western Bluebird 
Our first stop of the morning was in the park, right in the middle of Calipatria, where we had great looks at Western Bluebird to start the day.  
We then went to Sperry and Eddins just west of town where we had ALL of the doves!  We had several White-winged Doves which are unusual at this time of year. Ruddy Ground-Dove seem to be here to stay but they are still a hot item on the rare bird alerts. We had great comparison looks with the Common Ground-Doves and Inca Doves at their side. 

White-winged Dove

Ruddy Ground-Doves 

3 Ruddy & 1 Common Ground-Doves 

Ruddy Ground-Doves 

3 Ruddy & 2 Common Ground-Doves 


This Osprey soaring over the New River Wetlands in Brawley was a treat as it passed right over head numerous times.  A Virginia Rail walked practically right under our feet and was still hard to see!

New River Wetlands Project, Brawley

White Geese over Unit One


Unit One of the Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR was loaded with birds!  There was a small but growing flock of Sandhill Cranes that are making the refuge their winter home. Lots of Snow and Ross's Geese side by side for comparison.

Salton Sea from Unit One 

Yellow-footed and Herring Gulls 
We found a second year Yellow-footed Gull while birding along the sea wall form Lindsey Road and then were treated to this adult while at Obsidian Butte.  They are not as skittish as most of the gulls and have a tendency to be the only bird left standing when everyone else scatters!
Sunset caught up to us too soon so we threw together a game plan to look for owls! After a fine dinner at Escalera's Su Casa Restaurant in Brawley, Robert joined us and we roamed the streets in search of Western Screech-Owl. It paid off well with two birds calling and zipping past us under the full moon!  Using a small pen light we finally caught the eye shine of one as it continued to call.  

Moon over the Chocolate Mountains

Imperial Valley  Dec 08, 2003
  1. Pied-billed Grebe

  2. Western Grebe

  3. Double-crested Cormorant

  4. American Bittern

  5. Least Bittern

  6. Great Blue Heron

  7. Great Egret

  8. Snowy Egret

  9. Reddish Egret

  10. Cattle Egret

  11. Black-crowned Night-Heron

  12. White-faced Ibis

  13. Turkey Vulture

  14. Snow Goose

  15. Ross's Goose

  16. American Wigeon

  17. Mallard

  18. Blue-winged Teal

  19. Northern Shoveler

  20. Northern Pintail

  21. Green -winged Teal

  22. Redhead

  23. Ruddy Duck

  24. Osprey

  25. Northern Harrier

  26. Sharp-shinned Hawk

  27. Red-tailed Hawk

  28. Ferruginous Hawk

  29. American Kestrel

  30. Merlin

  31. Peregrine Falcon

  32. Gambel's Quail

  33. Virginia Rail

  34. Sora

  35. Common Moorhen

  36. American Coot

  37. Sandhill Crane

  38. American Avocet

  39. Greater Yellowlegs

  40. Lesser Yellowlegs

  41. Spotted Sandpiper

  42. Long-billed Curlew

  43. Marbled Godwit

  44. Least Sandpiper

  45. Long-billed Dowitcher

  46. Ring-billed Gull

  47. California Gull

  1. Herring Gull

  2. Yellow-footed Gull

  3. Rock Pigeon

  4. Eurasian Collared-Dove

  5. White-winged Dove

  6. Mourning Dove

  7. Inca Dove

  8. Common Ground-Dove

  9. Ruddy Ground-Dove

  10. Burrowing Owl

  11. Western Screech-Owl

  12. Anna's Hummingbird

  13. Costa's Hummingbird

  14. Belted Kingfisher

  15. Lewis's Woodpecker

  16. Gila Woodpecker

  17. Ladder-backed Woodpecker

  18. Northern Flicker

  19. Black Phoebe

  20. Say's Phoebe

  21. Loggerhead Shrike

  22. Horned Lark

  23. Verdin

  24. Cactus Wren

  25. Rock Wren

  26. Marsh Wren

  27. Ruby-crowned Kinglet

  28. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

  29. Western Bluebird

  30. Northern Mockingbird

  31. European Starling

  32. American Pipit

  33. Cedar Waxwings

  34. Chestnut Sided Warbler

  35. Yellow-rumped Warbler

  36. Common Yellowthroat

  37. Spotted Towhee

  38. Abert's Towhee

  39. Savannah Sparrow

  40. Song Sparrow

  41. White-crowned Sparrow

  42. Red-winged Blackbird

  43. Western Meadowlark

  44. Great-tailed Grackle

  45. House Finch

  46. House Sparrow

Photos Bob Miller