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Cattle Call Park & Ramer Lake!
Jan 02, 2004 
Bob Miller


Day two of the new year! 

65
species (list follows at end of page)

Click on thumbnail pictures for full-sized shots.


Black Phoebe 


Vermilion Flycatcher

January two started out cold, foggy and very winter like for the valley.  When the fog lifted it turned out to be a fantastic day!  I ran into Eric at Cattle Call Park and we searched out the Gray and Vermilion Flycatchers.    



Phainopepla



Lewis's Woodpecker

I swung by Las Flores Drive thinking I would add the Lewis's Woodpecker to the year list real quick but it was two hours before it suddenly showed as if it had never left!  This bird is feasting on Pecans and most of the Lewis's seen here in the Imperial Valley have been near a Pecan tree.

 


Lewis's Woodpecker perches



River bottom



Lewis's Woodpecker food

 

  


Kershaw Road


Black-necked Stilts

Heading home, I went up Kershaw Road from Rutherford, which passes between Finney and Ramer Lakes, to check out the flooded area by the Alamo River. The river runs low this time of year but I did not expect the pond to be this low.  


American Avocets 


Green-winged Teal

There were a few good birds in there and I was fortunate with the last rays of sun offering enough lighting to digiscope these scenes.

The sunset kept getting more spectacular so I went into Ramer Lake and was dazzled by these scenes!


Ramer Lake


Ramer Lake dock

A Lone Forster's Tern was feeding just off of the dock and would add new ripples and dimensions to the reflections with each dive.
I stopped in front to listen for the Great Horned Owls and got more than I expected. The female had been calling from this pole.  One male flew over from the palm and they mated. The second male then flew over and the two males were sparring in the twilight.  What a day!!


Great Horned Owls 

Imperial Valley  Jan 02, 2004
  1. Pied-billed Grebe

  2. Eared Grebe

  3. Western Grebe

  4. Clark's Grebe

  5. American White Pelican

  6. Double-crested Cormorant

  7. Great Blue Heron

  8. Great Egret

  9. Snowy Egret

  10. Cattle Egret

  11. Black-crowned Night-Heron

  12. White-faced Ibis

  13. Turkey Vulture

  14. Green-winged Teal

  15. Canvasback

  16. Ruddy Duck

  17. Northern Harrier

  18. Sharp-shinned Hawk

  19. Cooper's Hawk

  20. Red-tailed Hawk

  21. American Kestrel

  22. Gambel's Quail

  23. American Coot

  24. Black-necked Stilt

  25. American Avocet

  26. Greater Yellowlegs

  27. Spotted Sandpiper

  28. Long-billed Curlew

  29. Least Sandpiper

  30. Long-billed Dowitcher

  31. Ring-billed Gull

  32. Caspian Tern

  33. Forster's Tern

  1. Rock Pigeon

  2. Mourning Dove

  3. Common Ground-Dove

  4. Great Horned Owl

  5. Anna's Hummingbird

  6. Lewis's Woodpecker

  7. Gila Woodpecker

  8. Northern Flicker

  9. Gray Flycatcher

  10. Black Phoebe

  11. Say's Phoebe

  12. Vermilion Flycatcher

  13. Loggerhead Shrike

  14. Tree Swallow

  15. Verdin

  16. Cactus Wren

  17. Marsh Wren

  18. Ruby-crowned Kinglet

  19. Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

  20. Northern Mockingbird

  21. European Starling

  22. Phainopepla

  23. Orange-crowned Warbler

  24. Yellow-rumped Warbler

  25. Abert's Towhee

  26. White-crowned Sparrow

  27. Red-winged Blackbird

  28. Western Meadowlark

  29. Brewer's Blackbird

  30. Great-tailed Grackle

  31. House Finch

  32. House Sparrow

Photos Bob Miller