Western Meadowlark 


Imperial Valley with Robert Weiner
Jan 06, 2004 
Guide - Bob Miller

A day of birding in perfect weather! 

species (list follows at end of page)

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Burrowing Owls 

Robert made the drive out from San Diego early and we hit the road looking for lifers! First treat was the male Costa's Hummingbird that owns our backyard.  These Burrowing Owls in downtown Calipatria were a treat as well.

At Sperry Road we got into the doves!  At one point we had Ruddy Ground-Doves calling all around us and had several doing display behavior.  Looks like they will nest here again this year!




Cattle Egret

With a lot of walking and a bit of patience, we had fantastic looks at Sprague's Pipit!  We had Mountain Plover, Long-billed Curlew and Cattle Egrets up close but no longspurs near the prison.  Wildest thing we saw there was ranger Bob... :-)

At Obsidian Butte we had great looks at an adult and this first year Yellow-footed Gull.  The Reddish Egret was near them in a spot that I had not seen it in before.  At Cattle Call Park, in Brawley, we saw the Gray Flycatcher and this stunning, sunning Western Meadowlark!  

Yellow-footed Gull 

Western Meadowlark

As we were pulling out, we stopped to glass for the Zone-tailed Hawk once more and darned if it did not fly right into our binoculars!!  At the New River Wetlands Brawley site we had Least Bittern Calling all around us but none visible.  Calling Great Horned Owls and a pair of Lesser Nighthawks were a great ending to a great day, although Robert had a good drive ahead of him to get back to San Diego.

Imperial Valley  Jan 06, 2004
  1. Pied-billed 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. Turkey Vulture

  12. Canada Goose

  13. Mallard

  14. Northern Shoveler

  15. Northern Pintail

  16. Green-winged Teal

  17. Canvasback

  18. Redhead

  19. Ruddy Duck

  20. Northern Harrier

  21. Zone-tailed Hawk

  22. Red-tailed Hawk

  23. American Kestrel

  24. Gambel's Quail

  25. Virginia Rail

  26. Sora

  27. Common Moorhen

  28. American Coot

  29. Killdeer

  30. Mountain Plover

  31. Black-necked Stilt

  32. American Avocet

  33. Greater Yellowlegs

  34. Lesser Yellowlegs

  35. Willet

  36. Long-billed Curlew

  37. Marbled Godwit

  38. Least Sandpiper

  39. Long-billed Dowitcher

  40. Ring-billed Gull

  41. California Gull

  42. Herring Gull

  1. Yellow-footed Gull

  2. Forster's tern

  3. Rock Pigeon

  4. Eurasian Collared-Dove

  5. Mourning Dove

  6. Inca Dove

  7. Common Ground-Dove

  8. Ruddy Ground-Dove

  9. Greater Roadrunner

  10. Great Horned Owl

  11. Burrowing Owl

  12. Lesser Nighthawk

  13. Costa's Hummingbird

  14. Belted Kingfisher

  15. Gila Woodpecker

  16. Northern Flicker

  17. Gray Flycatcher

  18. Black Phoebe

  19. Say's Phoebe

  20. Loggerhead Shrike

  21. Horned Lark

  22. Verdin

  23. Marsh Wren

  24. Western Bluebird

  25. Northern Mockingbird

  26. European Starling

  27. American Pipit

  28. Sprague's Pipit

  29. Phainopepla

  30. Orange-crowned Warbler

  31. Yellow-rumped Warbler

  32. Common Yellowthroat

  33. Abert's Towhee

  34. Chipping Sparrow

  35. Savannah Sparrow

  36. Song Sparrow

  37. Red-winged Blackbird

  38. Western Meadowlark

  39. Great-tailed Grackle

  40. House Finch

  41. House Sparrow

Photos Bob Miller