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Imperial Valley
Filed under: California
Posted by: Bob @ 6:46 am

Imperial Valley
Jun 29, 2012 5:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Birding day w/ Eric Peurell. West residential Brawley and Cattle Call Park. Carter and Fites. Seawall from Bowles Road to Obsidian Butte. SBSSNWR HQ. Garst, Schrimpf, Davis, Pound Roads to IID Manged Marsh. Sandwiches from United in Niland. Calipatria Stae Prison. Ramer, Finney, Wiest Lakes and west side of Alamo River north of Rutherford Road. Dogwood Road north to Carey Road.

Yellow-footed Gull and Brown Pelican

83 species

Mallard  25

Cinnamon Teal  36
(3) - (1) male and (2) female @ Bowles Road. The rest were in one large flock at the north end of Garst Road.

Blue-winged/Cinnamon Teal  2    
male and female together @ Bowles Road. w/ CITE. Male was obvious with face pattern and this female stayed near it and seperate from the 3 CITE while in flight several times in about 30 minutes.

White-winged Scoter  1
along seawall north of Young Road about 11am. Seen again 20 minutes later still swimming north near the large dead tree at the geothermal plant on Lack Road.

Ruddy Duck  6    
(1) along seawall at Young Road. (5) in pond at Calipatria State Prison.

Gambel’s Quail  20

Pied-billed Grebe  25    
Very numerous on Finney and Ramer Lakes and a few in scattered locations.

Western Grebe  20    
Finney and Ramer Lakes

Clark’s Grebe  10    
Finney and Ramer Lakes

Wood Stork  13    
Schrimpf Road between Garst and Davis

Double-crested Cormorant  500

American White Pelican  50

Brown Pelican  300

Great Blue Heron  50

Great Egret  50

Snowy Egret  30

Cattle Egret  2000

Green Heron  8

Black-crowned Night-Heron  20

White-faced Ibis  1000

Turkey Vulture  45

Osprey  2    
Both near Lack and Lindsey

American Kestrel  15

Peregrine Falcon  1    
Along Hwy 86 about two miles north of Westmorland

Common Gallinule  2

American Coot  300

Black-bellied Plover  8    
(5) together @ Bowles Road. (3) in flight over Garst Road. None showing black bellies.

Killdeer  30

Black-necked Stilt  300    
Nests with vissible eggs and numerous juveniles in widely scattered locations.

American Avocet  150

Greater Yellowlegs  5

Willet  20

Whimbrel  1    
In flooded are on north side of Bowles Road

Long-billed Curlew  3    
(2) in flooded area on north side of Bowles Road, (1) between Garst and Davis on Schrimpf Road.

Western Sandpiper  5    
(5) together at west end of Bowles Road

Least Sandpiper  7    
(7) together at west end of Bowles Road

Curlew Sandpiper  1   
With Black-bellied Plover at the west end of Bowles Road. Documentation being sent. No photograph. White rump and back seen well in flight. Not in breeding plumage. Possible immature.

Red-necked Phalarope  5    
West end of Bowles Road.

Laughing Gull  1    
West end of Bowles Road.

Ring-billed Gull  50

Western Gull  3    
(3) together with small group of YFGU for comparison along sea between Young and Lindsey. Immature was first year with dark front.

Yellow-footed Gull  50

California Gull  20

Least Tern  1    
Flyover headed west along Schrimp between Garst and Davis.

Caspian Tern  100

Forster’s Tern  1    
West end of Bowles Road.

Black Skimmer  1    
Sitting on bank of pond at Calipatria State Prison. Back feathers very disheveled and bird did not look well.

Rock Pigeon  100

Eurasian Collared-Dove  100

White-winged Dove  300    
Numerous pairs still in breeding type locations and several large flocks in countryside as if gathering to move on.

Mourning Dove  200    
Numerous pairs still in breeding type loacations and several large flocks in countryside as if gathering to move on.

Inca Dove  5     (2) at found nest and (3) more in another location in residential sw Brawley.

Common Ground-Dove  30

Greater Roadrunner  3

Barn Owl  1    

Burrowing Owl  20

Lesser Nighthawk  4

Black-chinned Hummingbird  5    
residential sw Brawley

Anna’s Hummingbird  5    
residential sw Brawley

Costa’s Hummingbird  2    
residential sw Brawley

Gila Woodpecker  8

Black Phoebe  5

Say’s Phoebe  1    
Pound Road west of Davis Road near known previous nesting location.

Vermilion Flycatcher  1    
Webster Road between Brandt and Kalin. Probale nesting pair.

Ash-throated Flycatcher  1    
Carter and Fites Road.

Western Kingbird  40

Common Raven  3    
Blair Road north of Pound Road

Cliff Swallow  200

Verdin  10

Cactus Wren  3    
Two at seperate locations in sw Brawley and one at Carter and Fites

Northern Mockingbird  30

Crissal Thrasher  1    
Carter and Fites

European Starling  200

Abert’s Towhee  20

Song Sparrow  5

Summer Tanager  1    
In willows on west side of the Alamo River north of Rutherford Road

Red-winged Blackbird  1000

Western Meadowlark  1    

Brewer’s Blackbird  6    
Residential sw Brawley.

Great-tailed Grackle  200

Brown-headed Cowbird  30

Bullock’s Oriole  1    
Webster Road between Brandt and Kalin.

House Finch  15

House Sparrow  10

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