Peregrine Falcon


San Diego Natural History Museum "Wild Goose Chase"
Jan 21-22, 2005
Guide- Bob Miller

An overnight birding trip to the Salton Sea and Imperial Valley.
species total

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We met south of Brawley on Friday afternoon and had great looks at Sandhill Cranes then visited Cattle Call Park where we saw lots of the desert specialties and also Gray and Vermilion Flycatchers.  We looked for Western Screech-Owl in Brawley but they proved elusive.  After dinner with the group at Calipatria Inn I went home and had one serenade me to sleep!


Saturday morning we headed out into the agricultural areas for some fun birding and sightseeing.  This tree was loaded with Yellow-headed and Red-winged Blackbirds.

This Lesser Nighthawk has wintered at Finney Lake for four or five years and can be found on the same limb in the same position almost every time!  No, it is not stuffed!

Lesser Nighthawk

Ramer Lake

White-crowned Sparrows and Abert's Towhee were seen at Ramer Lake.
A bite of lunch in Calipatria and we were on to the Salton Sea.  A Peregrine Falcon can usually be seen in these trees along Garst Road and it was so tucked in this day that most people going by had no idea it was there!

Salton Sea


Garst Road was birdy but exploring the rocks along the beach and getting scenic pictures proved just as fun.

Salton Sea

Salton Sea
There was lots of Obsidian and Pumice along the side of Garst.  The steam in the background is geothermal energy being harnessed to make electricity. 


Unit One



At Unit One of the Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR we had the whole, huge, gigantic flock of Ross's and Snow Geese come up from the fields, fly right over our heads and land in the ponds beside us for an absolutely spectacular end to a great day of birding!!

Ross's & Snow Geese

Sky full of white geese

Sky full of white geese

Salton Sea, 21-22 Jan 2005
  1. Pied-billed Grebe

  2. Eared Grebe

  3. Clark's Grebe

  4. American White Pelican

  5. Brown Pelican

  6. Double-crested Cormorant

  7. Great Blue Heron

  8. Great Egret

  9. Snowy Egret

  10. Cattle Egret

  11. Green Heron

  12. Black-crowned Night Heron

  13. White-faced Ibis

  14. Turkey Vulture

  15. Snow Goose

  16. Ross's Goose

  17. American Wigeon

  18. Mallard

  19. Cinnamon Teal

  20. Northern Shoveler

  21. Northern Pintail

  22. Green-winged Teal

  23. Common Goldeneye

  24. Ruddy Duck

  25. Northern Harrier

  26. Sharp-shinned Hawk

  27. Red-tailed Hawk

  28. American Kestrel

  29. Peregrine Falcon

  30. American Coot

  31. Sandhill Crane

  32. Killdeer

  33. Mountain Plover

  34. Black-necked Stilt

  35. American Avocet

  36. Greater Yellowlegs

  37. Lesser Yellowlegs

  38. Willet

  39. Long-billed Curlew

  40. Least Sandpiper

  1. Long-billed Dowitcher

  2. Laughing Gull

  3. Mew Gull

  4. Ring-billed Gull

  5. California Gull

  6. Herring Gull

  7. Rock Pigeon

  8. Eurasian Collared-Dove

  9. Mourning Dove

  10. Common Ground-Dove

  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. Vermilion Flycatcher

  21. Loggerhead Shrike

  22. Horned Lark

  23. Verdin

  24. Marsh Wren

  25. Northern Mockingbird

  26. European Starling

  27. American Pipit

  28. Phainopepla

  29. Orange-crowned Warbler

  30. Yellow-rumped Warbler

  31. Abert's Towhee

  32. Savannah Sparrow

  33. White-crowned Sparrow

  34. Red-winged Blackbird

  35. Western Meadowlark

  36. Yellow-headed Blackbird

  37. Brewer's Blackbird

  38. Great-tailed Grackle

  39. House Finch

  40. House Sparrow

Photos Bob Miller