Kitchen, Colorado River Valley, Salton Sea, Cibola NWR
Group of 31 Fantastic Participants
A most enjoyable week-long trip led by Bob Miller,
Heidi Lauchstedt, and me, Henry Detwiler.
137 species total
Bob, Heidi, and I started out the week with our group just south of Betty's Kitchen, where we found
a Great Horned Owl roosting in a small abandoned date palm grove.
Tuesday morning we took a cruise between Martinez Lake and
Laguna Dam with Smokey Knowlton. We were treated to
tranquil backwaters, fantastic scenery, and close-up looks of
Rock Wren, Belted Kingfisher, Clark's & Western Grebes, and
another Great Horned Owl.
On the Colorado River
Great Horned Owl - s. of
Tuesday afternoon Renee Robichaud gave us a fine tour of the closed area of Imperial NWR,
with our first looks at Vermillion Flycatcher and Canada Geese.
On Wednesday we drove up to Cibola NWR to see hundreds of
Sandhill Cranes and thousands of wintering waterfowl. We
also called in a Crissal Thrasher!
and Friday were devoted to the Imperial Valley and the Salton
Sea. At Obsidian Butte we were treated to a rare winter
view of an adult Yellow-footed Gull.
many birds of prey we found Osprey, Peregrine & Prairie
Falcons, and this accommodating Merlin.
Female Merlin at
Thayer's Gull at Rock
headquarters we found two great birds. The Thayer's Gull
(pictured here on the left) and an out-of-place Black and White
Trail provided wonderful looks at Greater Roadrunner, Abert's
Towhee, and Gambel's Quail.
Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR
|In a burned field off McConnel Road,
Heidi found us a Mountain Plover, and at Finney Lake we located
the wintering Lesser Nighthawks, Cactus Wren, a Ladder-backed
Woodpecker, and a Plumbeous Vireo. The complete bird list is
See you next year!
Great Horned Owl at Martinez Lake