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Monday, March 6, 2017

Some pics from Salton Sea

It was a herculean labor, taking the decent focused(maximum zoom with my point and shoot Canon) pictures at all, in that insane gust. Too bad I couldn't take a picture of Black-throated Sparrow. Maybe at San Jacinto Visitor Center or something.

Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR--Unit 1, Imperial County, California, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:26 AM
Protocol:
Historical
Party Size:
1
Duration:
1 hour(s), 50 minute(s)
Observers:
MOI                                            
Comments:
Cloudy. Westerly(blowing from the west) wind later began to pick up with enormous ferocity.
Species
28 species (+2 other taxa) total
X
Snow Goose
1
Canada Goose

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X
Northern Shoveler
X
Ruddy Duck
2
Double-crested Cormorant
X
American White Pelican
1
Great Blue Heron
1
Snowy Egret
40
White-faced Ibis

Pond at west side of Vendel Rd.

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1
Turkey Vulture
1
Northern Harrier
1

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1
Virginia Rail
X
American Coot
20
Sandhill Crane

quite skittish, like the geese

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X
American Avocet
X
Marbled Godwit
X
Stilt Sandpiper
X
Least Sandpiper
X
Long-billed Dowitcher
1
Western Gull
X
California Gull
1
Black Phoebe
1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
X
Tree Swallow
1
Cliff Swallow
X
swallow sp.
X
Marsh Wren
X
Red-winged Blackbird

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2
Western Meadowlark
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Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR--Union Tract / Visitor Center, Imperial County, California, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:41 AM
Protocol:
Historical
Party Size:
1
Duration:
30 minute(s)
Observers:
MOI                                            
Comments:
staff said she might've seen a Lucy's Warbler. Target species all met; Common Ground-Dove, Inca Dove, Abert's Towhee
Species
8 species total
5
Gambel's Quail

harassed MODO while foraging

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1

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4
Common Ground-Dove

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5
Mourning Dove
1
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

heard
2
Yellow-rumped Warbler
1
Abert's Towhee

bush on the restroom side. Could be one more

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3
House Sparrow
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Sinclair Rd. at English Rd., Imperial County, California, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:39 PM
Protocol:
Historical
Party Size:
1
Duration:
27 minute(s)
Observers:
Moi                                             
Comments:
target species Mountain Plover. Should've drove down further..
Species
4 species total
1
Northern Harrier
1
Burrowing Owl

unexpected delight. Quite bold(was right beside the car, on the fence of solar panel property)

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1
American Kestrel
2
Western Meadowlark

sang and chased each other

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Salton Sea--Obsidian Butte, Imperial County, California, US Map ) (Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sun Mar 05, 2017 1:25 PM
Protocol:
Historical
Party Size:
1
Duration:
35 minute(s)
Observers:
MOI
Comments:
target species Yellow-footed Gull. Car momentarily got stuck in the mud; drivers beware
Species
9 species total
X
American White Pelican
2
Brown Pelican
flyover
2
American Avocet
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1
Black-bellied Plover
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1
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X
Ring-billed Gull
X
California Gull
1
Herring Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull right next to it
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1
Lesser Black-backed Gull
white head, dark belly, black bill. Right next to Herring Gull, maybe a bit smaller
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