Southeast Salton Sea 
Dec 28, 2000
0745-1700, Sunny, 45-70 

Another fine trip to the Imperial Valley with Al & Helga Borgardt.  We missed several common species, but picked up both Rough-legged and Red-shouldered Hawks.
106 species total

We started out today looking for Brewer's Sparrows at the BLM Hot Springs site east of Holtville.  We didn't  find any of those, but right in the area we did find White-crowned, Vesper, Savannah, and Lark Sparrows. 


Black-necked Stilts


At Ramer Lake we found the two sleeping Lesser Nighthawks, some shorebirds, and other waders.

 

Over the wet fields we saw flocks of waders.  East of Calipatria we found a soaring Rough-legged Hawk and a perched Red-shouldered Hawk.


Cattle Egrets & White-faced Ibis




Al & Helga


Dune's Sunset

At the small park next to the Ranger Station, we again scoped the mouth of the Alamo River and located a single Surf Scoter. At Obsidian Butte, good birds  were a Western Gull and a small flock of Stilt Sandpipers .
We finished out the day with a trip to the Bubbling Mud Pots and a look at the resident Merlin across Davis Road.
Bubbling Mud Pots


Bubbling Mud Pots

 
# Species Name
1 Western Grebe
2 Pied-Billed Grebe
3 Eared Grebe
4 Brown Pelican
5 White Pelican
6 Double-Crested Cormorant
7 Cattle Egret
8 Great Blue Heron
9 Great Egret
10 Snowy Egret
11 Black-Crowned Night Heron
12 Sandhill Crane
13 Red-Breasted Merganser
14 Northern Shoveler
15 Redhead
16 Green-Winged Teal
17 Ruddy Duck
18 Bufflehead
19 Lesser Scaup
20 Cinnamon Teal
21 Canvasback
22 Snow Goose
23 Ross' Goose
24 Northern Pintail
25 Canada Goose
26 American Wigeon
27 Greater Scaup
28 Surf Scoter
29 Common Gallinule
30 American Coot
31 Sora
32 American Avocet
33 Black-Necked Stilt
34 Black-Bellied Plover
35 Snowy Plover
36 Killdeer
37 Least Sandpiper
38 Lesser Yellowlegs
39 Willet
40 Western Sandpiper
41 Stilt Sandpiper
42 Marbled Godwit
43 Long-Billed Curlew
44 Greater Yellowlegs
45 Dunlin
46 Long-Billed Dowitcher
47 Ring-Billed Gull
48 Forster's Tern
49 Western Gull
50 Herring Gull
51 California Gull
52 Turkey Vulture
53 Northern Harrier
 
# Species Name
54 Red-Shouldered Hawk
55 Osprey
56 Sharp-Shinned Hawk
57 Red-Tailed Hawk
58 Rough-Legged Hawk
59 Peregrine Falcon
60 American Kestrel
61 Merlin
62 Gambel's Quail
63 Rock Dove
64 Common Ground Dove
65 Mourning Dove
66 Greater Roadrunner
67 Burrowing Owl
68 Lesser Nighthawk
69 Belted Kingfisher
70 Ladder-Backed Woodpecker
71 Northern Flicker
72 Gila Woodpecker
73 Black Phoebe
74 Say's Phoebe
75 Vermillion Flycatcher
76 Rough-Winged Swallow
77 Tree Swallow
78 Verdin
79 Cactus Wren
80 Marsh Wren
81 Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
82 Western Bluebird
83 Black-Tailed Gnatcatcher
84 American Robin
85 Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
86 Mountain Bluebird
87 Loggerhead Shrike
88 Northern Mockingbird
89 American Pipit
90 Phainopepla
91 European Starling
92 Yellow-Rumped Warbler
93 Brown-Headed Cowbird
94 Great-Tailed Grackle
95 Red-Winged Blackbird
96 Western Meadowlark
97 House Sparrow
98 House Finch
99 Song Sparrow
100 Vesper Sparrow
101 White-Crowned Sparrow
102 Savannah Sparrow
103 Lincoln's Sparrow
104 Dark-Eyed Junco
105 Abert's Towhee
106 Lark Sparrow

 


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