Burrowing Owl


Salton Sea & Imperial Valley
Dec 27, 2001  

An all day loop around the Salton Sea with Uma and Chander.

80 species total (list follows at end of page)

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CP and Uma
Our day began early in Thousand Palms.  A quick Orange juice to go and we were headed to the sea.  Our first stop on Lincoln Road turned up a surprise flock of Cedar Waxwings, Gambel's Quail along the roadside and lots of waterfowl on the fish farm.  

Johnson Road was surrealistic as usual and we saw our Common Goldeneye here.  Great Blue Herons were starting to stake out their territories and peeps were skittering along the shore.  It always seems out of place to see so may Great-tailed Grackles along the sea's edge.

Black Phoebe

A stop at the Salton Sea State Park failed to turn up the Lesser Blacked-back Gull that is wintering there for about three or four years now but we did get four other gull spp. there. 

Western Meadowlark


Vermilion Flycatcher

One of the first birds we saw at the Wister Waterfowl Area was the show-off Vermilion Flycatcher and he was putting on a show!  A stop in Niland for some great sandwiches and we were on the way again.  

English Road for Western Meadowlarks and Long-billed Curlew. Schrimpf Road over to Garst Road for Ruddy Turnstone.  The Salton Sea is as low as I've seen it in many years. Two years ago I was floating in a kayak on this spot.

CP on the flats at Garst Road

Burrowing Owl
We stopped into the SB Salton Sea NWR for Abert's Towhee, Ross' and Snow geese.  Across Obsidian Butte where we saw the Peregrine Falcon.  Along the sea wall to Lack and over to Walker where my stake out Barn Owl would not show.  
This Burrowing Owl proved to be the hit of the day as we viewed it from very close.  There never seems to be enough time in a day and sundown was catching up to us.  We reminisced the days highlights over tea back in Thousand Palms and headed our ways with good memories of great birds. 

Burrowing Owl

Salton Sea & Imperial Valley
27 Dec 2001

1 Pied-billed Grebe
2 Eared Grebe
3 Western Grebe
4 American White Pelican
5 Double-crested Cormorant
6 Great Blue Heron
7 Great Egret
8 Snowy Egret
9 Cattle Egret
10 Green Heron
11 Black-crowned Night-Heron
12 White-faced Ibis
13 Snow Goose
14 Ross's Goose
15 American Wigeon
16 Gadwall
17 Green-winged Teal
18 Mallard
19 Northern Pintail
20 Cinnamon Teal
21 Northern Shoveler
22 Canvasback
24 Common Goldeneye
24 Ruddy Duck
25 Osprey
26 Northern Harrier
27 Red-tailed Hawk
28 American Kestrel
29 Merlin
30 Peregrine Falcon
31 Common Moorhen
32 American Coot
33 Black-necked Stilt
34 American Avocet
35 Black-bellied Plover
36 Killdeer
37 Long-billed Dowitcher
38 Marbled Godwit
39 Long-billed Curlew
40 Greater Yellowlegs


# Species
41 Spotted Sandpiper
42 Ruddy Turnstone
43 Least Sandpiper
44 Ring-billed Gull
45 California Gull
46 Herring Gull
47 Bonaparte's Gull
48 Caspian Tern
49 Forster's Tern
50 Rock Dove
51 Mourning Dove
52 Burrowing Owl
53 White-throated Swift
54 Belted Kingfisher
55 Northern Flicker
56 Black Phoebe
57 Say's Phoebe
58 Vermilion Flycatcher
59 American Pipit
60 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
61 Cedar Waxwing
62 Cactus Wren
63 Northern Mockingbird
64 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
65 Verdin
66 Loggerhead Shrike
67 Common Raven
68 European Starling
69 Yellow-rumped Warbler
70 Spotted Towhee
71 Abert's Towhee
72 Savannah Sparrow
73 Song Sparrow
74 White-crowned Sparrow
75 Red-winged Blackbird
76 Western Meadowlark
77 Brewer's Blackbird
78 Great-tailed Grackle
79 House Finch
80 House Sparrow


Photos Henry D. Detwiler & Bob Miller