0645-1145, Sunny, 45-70
This was a morning trip to
show Madeline and Ed some of the wonderful birds of the Salton Sea.
74 species total
The day began at sunrise in the fields close to McConnell and Harris,
where we watched the Sandhill Cranes mill about and take to the
air. At the same time we saw the 11 White-fronted Geese that have
been roosting at Osterkamp Ponds.
At Finney Lake we found the two sleeping Lesser
Nighthawks, a Red-breasted Nuthatch, and two pairs of noisy Cactus
Wrens. From there we scooted over to Ramer Lake, where we
found the young Vermillion Flycatcher and Phainopeplas. A
beeline to Obsidian Butte put us on top of a Peregrine
American Avocet, Marbled Godwit, Black-necked Stilts and Stilt
Sandpipers were but a few of many shorebirds. We also saw
Bonaparte's Gulls and hundreds of American White Pelicans.
|Ed and Madeline are just starting out
at this wonderful hobby of birding, and it was a delight to give
them close-up views of Burrowing Owl, Eared Grebe, and Say's
The morning ended all too soon, and as Ed and Madeline continued
their birding adventure, I raced back for a meeting in
Yuma. Madeline wrote me that she had recorded 27
"lifers" that morning!