Spent Saturday morning (Oct 27) in the Bard Valley (southeast Imperial County) this morning, visiting mesquite bosque along White Road, the Living Waters Ministry, West Pond, and Senator Wash. Despite the stiff winds there were lots of birds about, and before noon I’d tallied 76 species.
Snowy Egret along White Road
The invasion of the nuthatches continues, and I had a Red-breasted Nuthatch at Living Waters. Also had my first American Robin and a flock of 16 Cedar Waxwings along White Road. This has been a good season for House Wrens, too, and this morning I heard five of them. Dark-eyed Junco and Spotted Towhee rounded out the northern winter visitors that do not make it down to our area on an annual basis.
Cedar Waxwings & Black Phoebe, Bard Valley
An adult Red-shouldered Hawk at Living Waters was expected but nonetheless good to see. At West Pond were the first Canvasback and Bufflehead I’ve seen this fall. An American White Pelican on Mittry Lake (Arizona) was unusual. Not much luck with rails this morning; one distant Virginia and one close Clapper Rail at one of the All American Canal seeps. Senator Wash was bare save for 22 Western Grebes.
Juvenile Male Vermilion Flycatcher, Hidden Shores