of Yuma, Betty's Kitchen, Imperial Dam, Lake, Senator's Wash
Helga Borgardt, Henry
A full-day trip to try for
100 species. Alas, only got to 83.
83 species total
It was a warm and sunny
morning--a fine change from our below-normal temps from the past two
weeks. We drove south of town and found this kestrel perched on a
snag on Ave A.
south we happened on a private residence with a "bird
sanctuary" garden. Looking in from the road we found
Gambel's Quail, Abert's Towhee, Ground Doves, and Costa's
Hummingbird among the desert landscaping.
lemon grove we found lots of sparrow species, but no more Western
Bluebirds. And at the alfalfa fields we saw lots of Long-billed
Curlews but no Mountain Plovers. We did see good numbers (5) of
Ferruginous Hawks south of town.
Our next stop was
along the Colorado River where we had lunch and looked over some
backwaters constructed by the Bureau of Reclamation at River Miles 31
and 33. The previously reported Tundra Swans weren't there, but we
had fine looks at Cinnamon Teal and four Common Snipe.
Wash we got the Common Loon. The Desilting Ponds yielded lots of
ducks. Below Imperial Dam we found this cooperative Vermillion
stops were at Mittry Lake and Betty's Kitchen, where we added a
few sparrows and Western Grebe.