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03/02/13
Salton Sea Birding Fun
Filed under: California
Posted by: Henry @ 6:39 pm

Greetings Birders,

Mike, Wendy, and I spent a beautiful day on the 1st of March in the Imperial Valley and along the southeast portion of the Salton Sea.  Nothing rare, but lots of the regulars.

We had three owl species for the day.  A number of BURROWING OWLS were just barely peering at us along Garst Road.  At the headquarters one of the volunteers pointed out a GREAT HORNED OWL; the BARN OWL was in its regular “palm” perch.


Verdin, Salton Sea NWR Headquarters

At Unit 1 one mid-sized flock of SNOW/ROSS’S GEESE and a small flock of SANDHILL CRANES remain in the Valley.  We enjoyed watching an AMERICAN BITTERN that made two passes next to the lookout tower and a listening to a number of CLAPPER RAILS calling.

A first-of-season VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW was a good sighting.

At the remediation marsh on the north side of McDonald was a WHITE-TAILED KITE;  last weekend we had one just east of Unit 1.


White-tailed Kite

Good birding!
Henry

March 1, 2013
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1 Pied-billed Grebe
2 Eared Grebe
3 Western Grebe
4 Clark’s Grebe
5 American White Pelican
6 Brown Pelican
7 Double-crested Cormorant
8 American Bittern
9 Great Blue Heron
10 Great Egret
11 Snowy Egret
12 Cattle Egret
13 Black-crowned Night Heron
14 White-faced Ibis
15 Sandhill Crane
16 Snow Goose
17 Ross’ s Goose
18 Gadwall
19 American Wigeon
20 Mallard
21 Cinnamon Teal
22 Northern Shoveler
23 Northern Pintail
24 Green-winged Teal
25 Canvasback
26 Redhead
27 Greater Scaup
28 Bufflehead
29 Ruddy Duck
30 White-tailed Kite
31 Northern Harrier
32 Cooper’s Hawk
33 Red-tailed Hawk
34 American Kestrel
35 Merlin
36 Ring-necked Pheasant
37 Gambel’s Quail
38 Clapper Rail
39 Virginia Rail
40 Sora
41 American Coot
42 Black-bellied Plover
43 Killdeer
44 Black-necked Stilt
45 American Avocet
46 Greater Yellowlegs
47 Lesser Yellowlegs
48 Willet
49 Long-billed Curlew
50 Marbled Godwit
51 Least Sandpiper
52 Long-billed Dowitcher
53 Turkey Vulture
54 Ring-billed Gull
55 Herring Gull
56 Caspian Tern
57 Rock Pigeon
58 Mourning Dove
59 Common Ground-Dove
60 Eurasian Collared Dove
61 Greater Roadrunner
62 Barn Owl
63 Great Horned Owl
64 Burrowing Owl
65 Anna’s Hummingbird
66 Costa’s Hummingbird
67 Belted Kingfisher
68 Gila Woodpecker
69 Northern Flicker
70 Black Phoebe
71 Say’s Phoebe
72 Common Raven
73 Horned Lark
74 Tree Swallow
75 Violet-green Swallow
76 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
77 Verdin
78 Cactus Wren
79 Rock Wren
80 Marsh Wren
81 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
82 Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
83 American Robin
84 Northern Mockingbird
85 European Starling
86 American Pipit
87 Phainopepla
88 Yellow-rumped Warbler
89 Common Yellowthroat
90 Orange-crowned Warbler
91 Abert’s Towhee
92 Chipping Sparrow
93 Savannah Sparrow
94 Song Sparrow
95 White-crowned Sparrow
96 Red-winged Blackbird
97 Western Meadowlark
98 Great-tailed Grackle
99 House Finch
100 House Sparrow

3 Responses to “Salton Sea Birding Fun”

  1. L. D. Smith Says:
    Hi Henry–Enjoy your and Bob’s blog. By the way where is Alamo lake?
  2. Mickey Mclean Says:
    Great job Henry and Bob. I have not seen the Kite picture before. Really good (for a Cannon)
  3. Bob Says:
    Thanks Mickey. It was good to see you at the ponds a few weeks ago.

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