White-winged Dove 


Imperial Valley
Dec 31, 2003 
Guide - Bob Miller

A morning of wonderful birding with Sue, Betty and Heather who happen to be friends of Robert and Janet! 

79 (+13)
species (list follows at end of page)

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Cozy Inca Doves 

First target of the day was Ruddy Ground-Dove which we had nice looks at after sorting through many Inca Doves and Common Ground-Doves.  These four Inca Doves were cuddled up tight and warm on a brisk morning.
We then found Mountain Plover near English and Sinclair Roads and had a great look at a Prairie Falcon.  

Betty, Sue, Heather & Jolly Green



Mew Gull

Yellow-footed Gull proved to be our nemesis as we ran the entire sea wall with no luck.  We did get to see a Mew Gull and the Reddish Egret which were lifers though!
This Lewis's Woodpecker was another treat as it perched on high and we caught sight of the Zone-tailed Hawk in the distance.  The Gray and Vermilion Flycatchers put on a show for us at Cattle Call Park.  

Lea Anne and I went back that afternoon and got these nice pics of the Gray Flycatcher.  We met Rick, Richard and Marty and went down to the New River Wetlands Brawley site where we enjoyed the sunset with Least Bittern, a pair of unexpected Lesser Nighthawks, a Wood Duck and a Coyote chorus!

Lewis's Woodpecker 

Gray Flycatcher 

Gray Flycatcher 

Imperial Valley  Dec 31, 2003
*Birds seen after the morning with Sue
  1. Western Grebe

  2. Double-crested Cormorant

  3. *Least Bittern

  4. Great Blue Heron

  5. Great Egret

  6. Snowy Egret

  7. Reddish Egret

  8. Cattle Egret

  9. *Green Heron

  10. *Black-crowned Night-Heron

  11. White-faced Ibis

  12. Turkey Vulture

  13. "white" Geese

  14. *Wood Duck

  15. *Mallard

  16. Blue-winged Teal

  17. Cinnamon Teal

  18. Northern Pintail

  19. Ruddy Duck

  20. Northern Harrier

  21. Sharp-shinned Hawk

  22. Cooper's Hawk

  23. Zone-tailed Hawk

  24. Red-tailed Hawk

  25. American Kestrel

  26. Peregrine Falcon

  27. Prairie Falcon

  28. *Gambel's Quail

  29. *Virginia Rail

  30. *Sora

  31. *Common Moorhen

  32. American Coot

  33. Black-bellied Plover

  34. Killdeer

  35. Mountain Plover

  36. Black-necked Stilt

  37. American Avocet

  38. Greater Yellowlegs

  39. Lesser Yellowlegs

  40. Willet

  41. Long-billed Curlew

  42. Marbled Godwit

  43. Western Sandpiper

  44. Least Sandpiper

  45. Long-billed Dowitcher

  46. Mew Gull

  1. Ring-billed Gull

  2. Herring Gull

  3. Forster's Tern

  4. Rock Pigeon

  5. Eurasian Collared-Dove

  6. White-winged Dove

  7. Mourning Dove

  8. Inca Dove

  9. Common Ground-Dove

  10. Ruddy Ground-Dove

  11. Great Horned Owl

  12. *Lesser Nighthawk

  13. Costa's Hummingbird

  14. Belted Kingfisher

  15. Lewis's Woodpecker

  16. Gila Woodpecker

  17. Ladder-backed Woodpecker

  18. Northern Flicker

  19. Gray Flycatcher

  20. Black Phoebe

  21. Say's Phoebe

  22. Vermilion Flycatcher

  23. Loggerhead Shrike

  24. Tree Swallow

  25. Barn Swallow

  26. Verdin

  27. Cactus Wren

  28. *Marsh Wren

  29. Ruby-crowned Kinglet

  30. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

  31. Northern Mockingbird

  32. European Starling

  33. American Pipit

  34. Orange-crowned Warbler

  35. Yellow-rumped Warbler

  36. *Common Yellowthroat

  37. *Abert's Towhee

  38. Chipping Sparrow

  39. Savannah Sparrow (+large-billed)

  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