Salton Sea, Nov 18, 2000
0630-1800, Sunny, 60-75 

Finney & Ramer Lakes, Wister Wildlife Unit, Davis Road, and Obsidian Butte 

Saree, Jake, Bob Miller, and Henry Detwiler
103 species total

Bob and I met Saree and Jake at the Calipatria Inn early on Saturday, and then headed out to find the birds.  At Ramer Lake we searched in vain for the Vermillion Flycatcher, but instead saw wheeling flocks of pelicans, Western & Clarke's Grebes, and a Cooper's Hawk flying by.  


Bob, Jake, & Henry

Lesser Nighthawk

At Finney Lake we found several roosting Lesser Nightjars, and Saree took some fine pictures with her digital camera through our scopes.  (Find out how here!)
Close to Niland we found a mixed flock of sparrows with juncos,  Vesper, Chipping, White-crowned, and Brewer's Sparrows.  After some fine sandwiches, we traveled up to the Wister Unit, where we located Spotted Towhee, our Vermillion Flycatcher, and Red-breasted Sapsucker.
South on Davis Road we found a Merlin, and then stopped nearby to examine the bubbling Mud Pots.
Saree drove the formidable Shrimpf Road the back way into the Sony Bono Salton Sea Refuge.  Shorebirds were everywhere, and we added Willet, Marbled Godwit, Dunlin, Black-bellied Plover, and Western Sandpiper.  Among the many ducks were three Blue-winged Teal.

Bob & Jake


The sun was setting nicely behind the Cormorant Trees as we headed over to Obsidian Butte. 

A small flock of Ruddy Turnstones, along with a single California and three Bonaparte's Gulls rounded out the day.  Back at the Inn we said our goodbyes to our new friends, and we all headed home.

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The complete bird list is below.



1 Clark's Grebe
2 Eared Grebe
3 Pied-Billed Grebe
4 Western Grebe
5 White Pelican
6 Brown Pelican
7 Double-Crested Cormorant
8 Black-Crowned Night Heron
9 Snowy Egret
10 Green Heron
11 Great Egret
12 Cattle Egret
13 Great Blue Heron
14 White-Faced Ibis
15 Green-Winged Teal
16 Northern Shoveler
17 Ruddy Duck
18 Northern Pintail
19 Mallard
20 Lesser Scaup
21 Blue-Winged Teal
22 Snow Goose
23 Ross' Goose
24 Canvasback
25 Sora
26 American Coot
27 Common Gallinule
28 Black-Necked Stilt
29 American Avocet
30 Killdeer
31 Black-Bellied Plover
32 Dunlin
33 Spotted Sandpiper
34 Western Sandpiper
35 Marbled Godwit
36 Willet
37 Long-Billed Dowitcher
38 Long-Billed Curlew
39 Greater Yellowlegs
40 Common Snipe
41 Ruddy Turnstone
42 Least Sandpiper
43 Laughing Gull
44 Forster's Tern
45 Bonaparte's Gull
46 California Gull
47 Herring Gull
48 Ring-Billed Gull
49 Caspian Tern
50 Turkey Vulture
51 Osprey


52 Sharp-Shinned Hawk
53 Red-Tailed Hawk
54 Northern Harrier
55 Cooper's Hawk
56 American Kestrel
57 Merlin
58 Peregrine Falcon
59 Gambel's Quail
60 California Quail
61 Ring-Necked Pheasant
62 Rock Dove
63 Common Ground Dove
64 Mourning Dove
65 Greater Roadrunner
66 Burrowing Owl
67 Lesser Nighthawk
68 Belted Kingfisher
69 Northern Flicker
70 Red-Breasted Sapsucker
71 Black Phoebe
72 Say's Phoebe
73 Vermillion Flycatcher
74 Horned Lark
75 Rough-Winged Swallow
76 Tree Swallow
77 Common Raven
78 Verdin
79 Marsh Wren
80 Cactus Wren
81 Mountain Bluebird
82 Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
83 Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
84 American Robin
85 Loggerhead Shrike
86 Northern Mockingbird
87 American Pipit
88 Phainopepla
89 European Starling
90 Yellow-Rumped Warbler
91 Red-Winged Blackbird
92 Brown-Headed Cowbird
93 Great-Tailed Grackle
94 House Sparrow
95 House Finch
96 Brewer's Sparrow
97 Spotted Towhee
98 Vesper Sparrow
99 White-Crowned Sparrow
100 Song Sparrow
101 Chipping Sparrow
102 Abert's Towhee
103 Dark-Eyed Junco



Photos Henry D. Detwiler