Date: 11/21/20 9:32 am From: <guymcc...> [inlandcountybirds] <inlandcountybirds-noreply...> Subject: [inlandcountybirds] Salton Sea (south) - 20 Nov 2020
I spent Friday 20 November 2020 (6:15 AM to 4:15 PM) checking a few locations in the Imperial Valley and along the south shore of the Salton Sea. I started the day at the IID Wetlands south of Niland, then moved northward into Niland. In Niland I birded north along International Avenue, then along the southern part of Wilkins Road north of town. I then returned to Niland and birded west along 4th Street, and south on Luna Avenue. From there I drove southwestward to the wetlands at the intersection of Pound and Davis Roads, then southwestward to the Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge HQ, stopping to look at the eastern part of Morton Bay on the way. I then spent a little time around the Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge HQ buildings, at the ponds adjacent to Rock Hill, and looking at the shoreline of the Salton Sea from Rock Hill. From the Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge HQ I drove southwestward to Obsidian Butte, then on southwestward along the shore of the Salton Sea to the west end of Young Road. From there I drove eastward on Young and Eddins Roads and spent a little time checking for birds around the scattered residences west of Calipatria. From there I drove south into Brawley. In Brawley I looked at Riverview Cemetery, the hummingbird feeders on Willard Avenue and at Cattle Call Park. I then drove south on Dogwood Road and looked at the flooded area immediately east of the intersection of Keystone and Dogwood Roads, the Branches Gun Club and the wet area along Neckel Road at the Imperial County Landfill. I then drove west to Forrester Road, looked at Sheldon Reservoir, and ended the day at Fig Lagoon.
Partial cloud-cover with no wind, and temperatures ranging from 55 to 80 degrees.
Species seen and/or heard - Snow Goose (1200 - including two blue-morph Snow Geese), Ross's Goose (10), Canada Goose (2 - two together in an irrigated field west of Calipatria), Blue-winged Teal (2 - two at the intersection of Pound and Davis Roads), Cinnamon Teal (50), Northern Shoveler (2500), Gadwall (30), American Wigeon (150), Mallard (50), Northern Pintail (250), Green-winged Teal (750), Canvasback (7 - seven on Sheldon Reservoir), Redhead (2), Ring-necked Duck (5), Greater Scaup (20 - at least twenty close enough to the shore of the Salton Sea to allow determination of head-shape and other features with certainty), Lesser Scaup (30), Greater/Lesser Scaup (150), Surf Scoter (1 - one "female" with Ruddy Ducks at the north end of Lack Road was probably one of the three seen there by Caitlin Morrow on 12 November), Bufflehead (5), Common Goldeneye (1), Ruddy Duck (2500), Gambel's Quail (25), Pied-billed Grebe (15), Eared Grebe (50), Western Grebe (25), Clark's Grebe (2), Western/Clark's Grebe (20), Rock Pigeon (150), Eurasian Collared-Dove (250), Inca Dove (15), Common Ground-Dove (25), White-winged Dove (1 - one near the southern end of International Avenue in Niland), Mourning Dove (150), Greater Roadrunner (2), Anna's Hummingbird (12), Costa's Hummingbird (3), Ridgway's Rail (2), Sora (5), Common Gallinule (15), American Coot (1500), Sandhill Crane (300 - about three hundred near the intersection of Dogwood and Keystone Roads south of Brawley), Black-necked Stilt (150), American Avocet (200), Black-bellied Plover (30), Killdeer (25), Semipalmated Plover (1), Snowy Plover (5), Long-billed Curlew (5), Marbled Godwit (25), Stilt Sandpiper (3 - three together at the flooded area immediately east of the intersection of Keystone and Dogwood Roads), Dunlin (1 - one with Least and Western Sandpipers off the west end of Young Road), Least Sandpiper (350), Western Sandpiper (20), Least/Western Sandpiper (1000), Long-billed Dowitcher (250), Spotted Sandpiper (5), Willet (25), Greater Yellowlegs (15), Wilson's Snipe (1), Red-necked Phalarope (1 - one at the flooded area immediately east of the intersection of Keystone and Dogwood Roads), Ring-billed Gull (1500), Western Gull (1 - one adult at the north end of Lack Road), California Gull (100), Herring Gull (30), Caspian Tern (6), Forster's Tern (10), Common Loon (1 - one immature at Fig Lagoon), Neotropic Cormorant (5), Double-crested Cormorant (150), American White Pelican (15), Least Bittern (2), Great Blue Heron (15), Great Egret (75), Snowy Egret (50), Cattle Egret (1500), Green Heron (1), Black-crowned Night-Heron (15), White-faced Ibis (1500), Turkey Vulture (50), Osprey (1), Northern Harrier (25), Cooper's Hawk (3), Zone-tailed Hawk (1 - one immature seen perched and in flight along the southern part of Wilkins Road north of Niland - a black Buteo with obvious yellow cere and legs, fine barring on the tail and fine barring on the underside of the primaries and secondaries - appears to be the first in the Imperial Valley since November 2014), Red-tailed Hawk (20), Burrowing Owl (5), Belted Kingfisher (5), Gila Woodpecker (1), Red-naped Sapsucker (1 - one adult at Cattle Call Park in Brawley was the same bird first seen here on 7 October), Ladder-backed Woodpecker (1), Northern Flicker (6), American Kestrel (30), Peregrine Falcon (1), Black Phoebe (15), Say's Phoebe (20), Vermilion Flycatcher (4 - one near the west end of 4th avenue in Niland, two in the area west of Calipatria and one at Cattle Call Park in Brawley), Loggerhead Shrike (10), Common Raven (5), Tree Swallow (150), Barn Swallow (5), Verdin (10), Rock Wren (2 - one along the levee north of Young Road and one at Rock Hill), House Wren (1), Marsh Wren (10), Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (3), Black-tailed Gnatcatcher (2), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (6), Western Bluebird (40 - five along Luna Avenue in Niland, ten near Obsidian Butte and twenty-five around the scattered residences west of Calipatria), American Robin (1 - one near the southern end of International Avenue in Niland), Northern Mockingbird (15), European Starling (75), Cedar Waxwing (1 - one at the west end of 4th Street in Niland is the first that I have encountered locally this fall), Phainopepla (10), House Sparrow (35), American Pipit (75), House Finch (25), Lesser Goldfinch (2), Chipping Sparrow (5), White-crowned Sparrow (50), Savannah Sparrow (30), Song Sparrow (10), Lincoln's Sparrow (1), Abert's Towhee (10), Yellow-headed Blackbird (5), Western Meadowlark (25), Red-winged Blackbird (1500), Brown-headed Cowbird (10), Brewer's Blackbird (75), Great-tailed Grackle (150), Orange-crowned Warbler (1), Common Yellowthroat (5) and Yellow-rumped Warbler (30) - 126 species.