Full moon over the banquet

   
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Salton Sea International Bird Festival
Page Three
Feb 14-17, 2003 
Bob Miller & Henry Detwiler



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VIP's.... the cooks!!

The banquet was a special treat of locally produced carne asada, catfish, cauliflower, asparagus and homemade ice cream followed by a great presentation and slide show on "How to Spot an Owl" by Pat Sutton.


More VIP's


Bird tales?


Awaiting the dinner bell.


Dessert!


Local produce as center pieces


Eurasian Collared-Dove

West of Calipatria, along Eddins Road, some of our lucky participants spotted six dove species: Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning, Common Ground-Dove, Ruddy Ground-Dove, White-winged, and Inca! 

Some years the Imperial Valley is host to an invasion of Mountain Bluebirds.



Mountain Bluebirds


Mountain Bluebird

These beautiful azure jewels were along English Road, in the same pasture that was being used by the Mountain Plovers.  They were especially partial to this salt cedar bush. 

In many areas of the Imperial Valley were flocks of White-faced Ibis probing in fields for tasty morsels.


White-faced Ibis 


Greater Yellowlegs

Shorebirds are a big draw along the Salton Sea and in flooded fields.  Greater Yellowlegs were spotted by many of the festival visitors. 

Photos Bob Miller & Henry Detwiler