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07/02/12
Salton Sea & Imperial Valley
Filed under: California
Posted by: Henry @ 11:44 am

Bob Miller found a Curlew Sandpiper on Friday (6/29/12), so on Sunday morning I went chasing.  No luck with that rarity, but did have a very nice morning and saw a great variety of birds (82 species), especially considering I spent just 4 1/2 hours in the Imperial Valley.

 

I added to my “year” list of photographed birds–am now up to 328 species photographed this year.  My target is 350.  Best photo was of a Lesser Nighthawk perched on a limb like a dove–instead of lying down along the branch–which is how you usually find them.  Also counted the Burrowing Owls for fun. Without slowing down to look for babies, I had 31 before 9:00 a.m.  Black-crowned Night Herons were everywhere yesterday morning, and a nice surprise was a Blue Grosbeak signing from the top of a salt cedar along the levee road.  The best area by far was at the end of Bowles Road, where the turn-over of shorebirds, gulls, and terns during the course of an hours was most impressive.  A quick stop at the refuge headquarters turned up the roosting Barn Owl in front of the visitor center.  Good Birding!

   

(Click on the thumbnail images for full-size pics)

  Bird list for 1 July 2012 at the Salton Sea & Imperial Valley

Pied-billed Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Clark’s Grebe
American White Pelican
Brown Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Wood Stork
White-faced Ibis
Mallard
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Ruddy Duck
Osprey
American Kestrel
Gambel’s Quail
Virginia Rail
Common Moorhen
American Coot
Black-bellied Plover
Snowy Plover
Killdeer
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Willet
Whimbrel
Long-billed Curlew
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson’s Phalarope
Turkey Vulture
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Yellow-footed Gull
Western Gull
Gull-billed Tern
Caspian Tern
Forster’s Tern
Black Skimmer
Rock Pigeon
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Inca Dove
Common Ground-Dove
Eurasian Collared Dove
Greater Roadrunner
Barn Owl
Burrowing Owl
Lesser Nighthawk
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Black Phoebe
Western Kingbird
Loggerhead Shrike
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Verdin
Marsh Wren
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Common Yellowthroat
Abert’s Towhee
Song Sparrow
Blue Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Sparrow

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