Al Kalin has reported a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK at the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) Managed Marsh at Hwy 111 and Hazard Roads about a mile south of Niland in the north end of Imperial Valley. We typically only see one every few years here in the Imperial Valley and there was an immature at this location last year. They are failry common on the coastal slope west of us and a pair has taken up residence near Winterhaven to the east of us.
The Managed Marsh has recorded some very special birds since it’s inception a few years ago. There was a LeConte’s Sparrow there last year which is only the second for the Salon Sink. The first record was on the outskirts of Niland several years ago. It appears likely that American Bittern will be nesting there as one or more stayed there over the summer. White-Tailed Kite have been in there as well. It is also becoming a good spot to actually SEE Clapper Rail…or just take a walk in the evening!
See ya at the sea…………………