Fringe-toed Lizard


Salton Sea International Bird Festival
Feb 18-21, 2005
Guide- Bob Miller

Photographs from the 8th annual Salton Sea International Bird Festival.

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Day 2 - Saturday: Algodones Dunes Wilderness Area Tour (continued)

Blister Beetle

There is always something to see for those willing to look!  This Blister Beetle was on Popcorn Flowers or Forget-me-nots.
Round-tailed Ground-Squirrel can be fairly easy to see.  Other desert creatures like Kangaroo Rat, Packrat, Kit Fox, Coyote and "Burro" Mule Deer are usually discovered through the tracks they leave in the sand.

Round-tailed Ground-Squirrel

Algodones Dunes Wilderness Area

Diamond and Buckhorn Cholla, Beavertail Cactus, Creosote, Galleta Grass, Birdcage Primrose and Plantain are some of the native plants visible in this pic but non-natives invasive species like Shismus grass and Wild Mustard are prominent as well.
Robber Flies are fun and interesting to watch.  They are not really afraid of you so you can get pretty close.  They leave little star like prints in the sand and they catch and eat insects like bees and large flies.

Robber Fly

Day 3 - Sunday: Algodones Dunes Wilderness Area Tour

It had rained all night Saturday and there was just enough left at sunrise to let us know that we truly were walking into a golden area.  Few things in life thrill me as much as water in the desert! 

Anza Borrego Desert State Park

LeConte's Thrasher 

This individual LeConte's Thrasher sang from this perch non-stop for several hours!! Beetles of all shapes and sizes can be found out here.  The number of species represented by the Darkling Beetle family alone is amazing!  I do not know what the little golden haired beetle in my palm is. Any help?!

What is it?

Darkling Beetle aka Stink Bug!


There was something new to be seen over every rise and behind every plant. Distance is very deceiving in the desert.  The Chocolate Mountains are about 15 miles away in these pics.

That little finger of a peak to the left is a prominent marker for desert rats who know the area.  There is a water source beyond it and Native Americans traversed through there from the Colorado River to ancient Lake Cahuilla that is now the Salton Sea.

Chocolate Mountains

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Photos Bob Miller