Sea with Uma and Chander
Dec 22, 2003
Guide Bob Miller
Imperial Valley and
the Salton Sea again!
species (list follows at end
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|Our first stop of the morning was to look for the
continuing Wandering Tattler and Ruff at the algae farm but they
were not continuing for us! We then walked for Sprague's
Pipit and had one bird fly up twice but then lost it and could not
get a better look. The nature of wild birds!
|The Prairie Falcon above put on a good showing even
with the sun behind it. We had nice looks at male and female
Ruddy Ground-Doves while on our way down to Brawley for
lunch. This bright male Vermilion Flycatcher is a real
|Say's and Black Phoebe were about as we followed Gila
Woodpeckers around for some really nice looks. Just as we
finished lunch I caught sight of the Zone-tailed Hawk over town but
it flew left and disappeared faster than Uma and CP could hop over
the rail and run to the right!
|This continuing Lewis's Woodpecker gave a true life
bird look as several dozen Gambel's Quail scurried
We then headed for the Salton Sea and hoped onto the seawall at
the south end. The Reddish Egret was scurrying about at Lack
and Lindsey and this Mew Gull was in the same place as a week ago
|This Peregrine Falcon was very far off for
digiscoping but it just happened to be one of those one shot
wonders! We worked our way around Obsidian Butte as the sun
was setting and never did catch up to any of the Yellow-footed
|With about 20 minutes of birding light left,
something caught my eye in one of the concrete lined canals that
suddenly brought our birding to an end. We rescued a dog
from the canal. He had been in there for quit awhile and the
owners had been searching frantically for two days. The
reunion that evening was truly heartwarming. Thanks Uma and
Chander for having big hearts! I look forward to birding
with you again. Maybe as neighbors!?