South of Yuma, Betty's Kitchen, Imperial Dam, Lake, Senator's Wash
Feb 3, 2001, Unseasonably Warm, 70-80 
Al & Helga Borgardt, Henry Detwiler

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.

American Kestrel

 Further 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.

At the 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.

Ferruginous Hawk

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.

Vermillion Flycatcher
At Senator's Wash we got the Common Loon. The Desilting Ponds yielded lots of ducks. Below Imperial Dam we found this cooperative Vermillion Flycatcher.

The final stops were at Mittry Lake and Betty's Kitchen, where we added a few sparrows and Western Grebe.

Vermillion Flycatcher
# Species Name
1 Common Loon
2 Western Grebe
3 Pied-Billed Grebe
4 Double-Crested Cormorant
5 Great Blue Heron
6 Snowy Egret
7 Cattle Egret
8 Great Egret
9 Lesser Scaup
10 Common Goldeneye
11 Canvasback
12 American Wigeon
13 Mallard
14 Bufflehead
15 Northern Pintail
16 Redhead
17 Northern Shoveler
18 Ruddy Duck
19 Ring-Necked Duck
20 Cinnamon Teal
21 Green-Winged Teal
22 Common Merganser
23 Gadwall
24 American Coot
25 Killdeer
26 Common Snipe
27 Spotted Sandpiper
28 Long-Billed Curlew
29 Caspian Tern
30 Ring-Billed Gull
31 Turkey Vulture
32 Red-Tailed Hawk
33 Cooper's Hawk
34 Osprey
35 Ferruginous Hawk
36 Northern Harrier
37 American Kestrel
38 Gambel's Quail
39 Rock Dove
40 Common Ground Dove
41 Mourning Dove
# Species Name
42 White-Winged Dove
43 Inca Dove
44 Burrowing Owl
45 Anna's Hummingbird
46 Costa's Hummingbird
47 Belted Kingfisher
48 Ladder-Backed Woodpecker
49 Northern Flicker
50 Gila Woodpecker
51 Vermillion Flycatcher
52 Black Phoebe
53 Say's Phoebe
54 Horned Lark
55 Northern Rough-Winged Swallow
56 Verdin
57 Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
58 Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
59 Black-Tailed Gnatcatcher
60 Mountain Bluebird
61 American Robin
62 Loggerhead Shrike
63 Northern Mockingbird
64 Crissal Thrasher
65 American Pipit
66 Phainopepla
67 European Starling
68 Yellow-Rumped Warbler
69 Vesper Sparrow
70 Red-Winged Blackbird
71 Western Meadowlark
72 Great-Tailed Grackle
73 House Sparrow
74 Abert's Towhee
75 White-Crowned Sparrow
76 Sage Sparrow
77 Savannah Sparrow
78 Song Sparrow
79 Chipping Sparrow
80 Lark Sparrow
81 Dark-Eyed Junco
82 Lesser Goldfinch
83 House Finch


Photos Henry D. Detwiler