Burrowing Owl Fledgling


New River Wetlands
July 4, 2002 - 80-97 degrees
- Bob Miller & Henry Detwiler

We started off Independence Day by visiting the New River Wetlands Project.  After that we headed north to check out a few spots off Davis Road before it got too hot.
59 species (list follows at end of page)

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Burrowing Owls (Young & Adult)


At the entrance to the Imperial Ponds site was a family of Burrowing Owls.  Since we only had a few pictures of young owls, we decided that we'd spend some time trying to capture this family for posterity.


Burrowing Owl Adult

Burrowing Owl Adult

They were very cooperative, and flew around to several perches along the canal bank they call home.  There were two young owls and two adults.

Burrowing Owl Juvenile

In addition to the regular birds were good numbers of dragonflies and damsel flies.  The Blue Dashers and Familiar Bluets were everywhere. 
Widow Skimmer at Imperial Ponds

Round-tailed Antelpoe Squirrel
Also close to the entrance of the ponds was a family of Round-tailed Ground Squirrels.  They're cute, unless you're walking along and your foot descends rapidly into one of their burrows...

At the largest Imperial Site pond this young Brown Pelican was feasting on the small fish fry.  It's tan feather edgings were very striking and soft-looking.


Juvenile Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican
As we approached the pelican, it high-tailed it to the other side of the pond, and Bob snapped this "take off."
There were hundreds of shore birds west of Davis Road.  This trio of American Avocets were just about to lose their breeding colors.
American Avocets

New River Wetlands & Salton Sea, 4 July 2002
# Species
1 Pied-billed Grebe
2 Eared Grebe
3 Western Grebe
4 Brown Pelican
5 Double-crested Cormorant
6 Green Heron
7 Great Blue Heron
8 Snowy Egret
9 Cattle Egret
10 Black-crowned Night Heron
11 Great Egret
12 White-faced Ibis
13 Ruddy Duck
14 Mallard
15 Common Moorhen
16 American Coot
17 Black-necked Stilt
18 American Avocet
19 Killdeer
20 Black-bellied Plover
21 Snowy Plover
22 Long-billed Curlew
23 Western Sandpiper
24 Marbled Godwit
25 Willet
26 Short-billed Dowitcher
27 Whimbrel
28 Ring-Billed Gull
29 Black Tern


# Species
30 Yellow-footed Gull
31 Gull-billed Tern
32 Laughing Gull
33 California Gull
34 Turkey Vulture
35 Red-Tailed Hawk
36 American Kestrel
37 Gambel's Quail
38 Common Ground Dove
39 White-winged Dove
40 Mourning Dove
41 Rock Dove
42 Greater Roadrunner
43 Burrowing Owl
44 Gila Woodpecker
45 Western Kingbird
46 Black Phoebe
47 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
48 Cliff Swallow
49 Verdin
50 Loggerhead Shrike
51 Common Yellowthroat
52 Great-tailed Grackle
53 Red-Winged Blackbird
54 Western Meadowlark
55 Brown-headed Cowbird
56 Yellow-headed Blackbird
57 House Sparrow
58 House Finch
59 Song Sparrow

Photos Henry Detwiler & Bob Miller, July 4, 2002