Date: 4/20/17 8:32 am
From: 'Guy' <guymcc...> [inlandcountybirds] <inlandcountybirds-noreply...>
Subject: [inlandcountybirds] Salton Sea (south) -19 Apr 2017
I spent Wednesday, 19 April 2017 (6:00 AM to 6:00 PM), birding a few select
locations along the south shore of the Salton Sea and within the Imperial
Valley. I started the day at Fig Lagoon, Lakeview Golfcourse and Sunbeam
Lake, then drove north into Brawley, stopping along the way briefly at
Sheldon Reservoir and for much longer in the area around the intersection of
Carter and Fites Roads. In Brawley I looked briefly at the hummingbird
feeders on Willard Avenue, then spent a little more time in Cattle Call
Park. I then drove north to Niland, stopping at the east end of Date Street
in Calipatria and at the northeast corner of the IID Wetlands on the way. In
Niland I birded quickly northward along International Avenue, west along the
western part of 4th Street, and southward along Luna Avenue. I then drove
westward by way of Alcott, Pound and Davis Roads to the southwestern corner
of the Wister Unit. From here I drove south along Davis Road and west along
Schrimpf Road to Morton Bay, then south on Garst and west on Sinclair Roads
to the Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge HQ and Rock Hill. I then checked
for water birds along the shoreline of the Salton Sea from Rock Hill to
Obsidian Butte and, from Obsidian Butte along the south shore of the Salton
Sea to the north end of Poe Road, spending a little time in the area around
the intersection of Lack and Lindsey Roads, the west end of Young Road, at
Unit 1 of the Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge and at Carter Reservoir. I
then drove southeastward through Westmorland into Brawley and south on
Dogwood Road to near the southeastern corner of El Centro. After spending
time in El Centro, I drove west, and looked at Fig Lagoon before heading
west to San Diego.

It was mostly clear throughout the day, with some wind in the morning, and
with temperatures ranging from 65 to 95 degrees.

Numbers of ducks have continued to decline as these birds depart for
breeding grounds to the north, and the number and variety of shorebirds was
noticeably less than on 14 April. Migrant land-birds were still present in
small numbers, but the variety was much reduced.

Species seen and/or heard - Brant (105 - a flock of 105 on Fig Lagoon
all day), Gadwall (15), American Wigeon (25 - most at the southwest corner
of the Wister Unit), Mallard (15), Cinnamon Teal (30), Northern Shoveler
(150), Northern Pintail (5), Green-winged Teal (5), Redhead (4), Lesser
Scaup (3), Ruddy Duck (300), Gambel's Quail (15), Pied-billed Grebe (10),
Eared Grebe (75), Western Grebe (2), Clark's Grebe (2), Rock Pigeon (150),
Eurasian Collared-Dove (200), Inca Dove (30), Common Ground-Dove (20),
White-winged Dove (20), Mourning Dove (75), Greater Roadrunner (2), Lesser
Nighthawk (1), Black-chinned Hummingbird (15), Anna's Hummingbird (15),
Costa's Hummingbird (2), Rufous Hummingbird (2), Sora (1), Common Gallinule
(5), American Coot (350), Black-necked Stilt (50), American Avocet (150),
Black-bellied Plover (30), Snowy Plover (1), Semipalmated Plover (5),
Killdeer (25), Whimbrel (250), Long-billed Curlew (5), Marbled Godwit (2),
Least Sandpiper (25), Western Sandpiper (1500), Long-billed Dowitcher (150),
Spotted Sandpiper (3), Willet (20), Red-necked Phalarope (75), Franklin's
Gull (3 - three adults in alternate plumage with Ring-billed Gulls at the
east end of Date Street in Calipatria), Ring-billed Gull (500), California
Gull (30), Herring Gull (1), Gull-billed Tern (75 - most in the area of the
Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge HQ and only one, a white-headed
second-year bird, at Unit 1 of the Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge),
Caspian Tern (1), Forster's Tern (10), Black Skimmer (3 - two together at
Rock Hill and one at Unit 1 of the Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge),
Neotropic Cormorant (13 - three on the Salton Sea near the north end of Lack
Road and ten at Fig Lagoon/Sunbeam Lake), Double-crested Cormorant (100),
American White Pelican (15), Least Bittern (1), Great Blue Heron (50), Great
Egret (75), Snowy Egret (30), Cattle Egret (1500), Green Heron (2),
Black-crowned Night-Heron (3), White-faced Ibis (750), Turkey Vulture (10),
Osprey (1 - one at Carter Reservoir), Northern Harrier (1), Swainson's Hawk
(1 - one dark-morph near the intersection of Fites and Carter Roads
southwest of Brawley), Barn Owl (1), Great Horned Owl (1 - one near a nest
at Cattle Call Park in Brawley), Burrowing Owl (15), Gila Woodpecker (10),
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (3), American Kestrel (15), Pacific-slope
Flycatcher (1), Black Phoebe (20), Vermilion Flycatcher (6 - two pairs at
Lakeview Golfcourse and another pair at Sunbeam Lake), Ash-throated
Flycatcher (10), Western Kingbird (50), Cassin's Vireo (2), Warbling Vireo
(10), Common Raven (3), Horned Lark (1), Tree Swallow (50), Northern
Rough-winged Swallow (30), Bank Swallow (2 - one with Tree Swallows at Rock
Hill and one with other swallows near the north end of Garst Road), Cliff
Swallow (350), Barn Swallow (15 - including four with Cliff Swallows at the
intersection of Carter and Fites Roads southwest of Brawley where this
species has nested in recent years), Verdin (15), Marsh Wren (15),
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher (1), Mockingbird (25), European Starling (300),
Phainopepla (1 - one adult male at Lakeview Golfcourse), House Sparrow (50),
House Finch (35), Orange-crowned Warbler (25), Nashville Warbler (15),
Common Yellowthroat (6), American Redstart (1 - one adult male in the
willows at the northeast corner of the IID Wetlands was first seen here on
23 September), Yellow-rumped Warbler (30), Wilson's Warbler (35),
Yellow-breasted Chat (1 - one singing near the intersection of Fites and
Carter Roads southwest of Brawley where this species persists and probably
nests), Abert's Towhee (25), Chipping Sparrow (1), Song Sparrow (15),
Lincoln's Sparrow (1), White-crowned Sparrow (5 - including three
black-lored oriantha near the south end of International in Niland), Western
Tanager (5), Black-headed Grosbeak (5), Lazuli Bunting (5), Red-winged
Blackbird (1500), Western Meadowlark (30), Yellow-headed Blackbird (2 - two
adult males at the old sewage treatment pond adjacent to Highway 111 at the
southern end of Calipatria where this species has nested in recent years),
Brewer's Blackbird (50), Great-tailed Grackle (200), Brown-headed Cowbird
(30), Hooded Oriole (1) and Bullock's Oriole (5) - 119 species.



Guy McCaskie


 
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