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Imperial Valley with Julia & Anne
Dec 27, 2003 
Guide - Bob Miller


A day of exploring the Imperial Valley! 

40
species (list follows at end of page)

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Julia overlooking New River


New River 

Julia is working on her thesis and was interested in the migration of people, birds and water in Imperial Valley.  Julia, Anne and I started our day with a visit to the "Slabs" with it's numerous "snow birds" and a look at the Coachella Canal as it flows west to the Coachella Valley.  We then moved on to the Salton Sea and checked out the bird life and the Alamo and New Rivers where they enter the Salton Sea.  Lunch was in Brawley where they got a taste of Johnny's famous food and a taste of small town life!  From there we went straight to Calexico and the Mexican Border.  We traveled east along the border to the new east Port of Entry and then came back through Calexico to get a look at the New River as it flows northward from Mexico.  Yikes!!  It had been a beautiful day until we stepped out and looked into the New River.  We moved on quickly!


All American Canal 

Moving west out of Calexico we followed the All American Canal along the border.

  


Cattle Egret roost


Cattle Egret roost

  
The sun was setting quickly and we got to see a Peregrine Falcon as we came onto the canal.  Near Mount Signal we came across large numbers of Cattle Egrets gathering along the canal.




Filming the fly-in 



Julia on All American Canal

As we got out to enjoy the sight, a huge flock of Cattle Egrets, with a few Great and Snowy Egrets in the mix, came flying into the roosting trees.
Border Patrol is full time here and you can bet we were being watched with optics as good or better than those we were watching birds with.  We passed along the bird watching bug! 


Border Patrol

Imperial Valley  Dec 27, 2003
  1. Double-crested Cormorant

  2. Great Egret

  3. Snowy Egret

  4. Cattle Egret

  5. Black-crowned Night-Heron

  6. White-faced Ibis

  7. Northern Harrier

  8. Red-tailed Hawk

  9. American Kestrel

  10. Peregrine Falcon

  11. Gambel's Quail

  12. American Coot

  13. Black-bellied Plover

  14. Killdeer

  15. Black-necked Stilt

  16. American Avocet

  17. Greater Yellowlegs

  18. Long-billed Curlew

  19. Marbled Godwit

  20. Least Sandpiper

  21. Long-billed Dowitcher

  1. Ring-billed Gull

  2. Rock Pigeon

  3. Mourning Dove

  4. Common Ground-Dove

  5. Burrowing Owl

  6. Belted Kingfisher

  7. Black Phoebe

  8. Say's Phoebe

  9. Northern Mockingbird

  10. European Starling

  11. Yellow-rumped Warbler

  12. Abert's Towhee

  13. Savannah Sparrow

  14. White-crowned Sparrow

  15. Red-winged Blackbird

  16. Western Meadowlark

  17. Great-tailed Grackle

  18. House Finch

  19. House Sparrow

Photos Bob Miller