Salton Sea (12/24-25/2006)

Long-billed Savannah Sparrow

 This is a Large-billed Savannah Sparrow from the Red Hill Marina (Salton Sea)

Large-billed Savannah Sparrow 2

The wintering Gray Flycatcher at Cattle Call Park in Brawley

Gray Flycatcher

A spooked Borrowing Owl just north of Red Hill Marina (Salton Sea)

Burrowing Owl

And, finally, a “Peregrine” Falcon. Hmmm. Make that a Prairie Falcon …

Imm. Prairie Falcon

And a Spague’s Pipit just SW of Sinclair and Hwy 111 (also Salton Sea)

Sprague’s Pipit

Other high and lowlights (overall more low …) :

– No Solitary Sandpiper (didn’t know where to look), yet the Rough-legged Hawk was near Drew & Diehl

– No Ruddy Ground-Doves at Eddins & Sperry, but a Clay-colored Sparrow.

– No Lesser Black-backed and Yellow-footed Gulls at Red Hill. A Western Gull was a Obsidian Butte.

– Crissal Thrasher just 0.3mi down the entrance road to Ramer/Finney Lakes WA.

– Wister Unit had a male American Redstart. No Mountain Plovers were in the fields east of the Calipatria prison.


Author: birdmeister

Obsessed with birding, I started taking a pictures in '01 after a brief personalized intro by the incomparable David LaPuma. In July '09, I acquired a Canon EOS 50D with a 100-400mm IS lens to be able to shoot the fast-moving lbjs that were so difficult before. In Dec '14, I upgraded my body to a Canon 7D Mark II and immediately noticed a big improvement. Nevertheless, I'm first and foremost a birder, then a photographer. Please note that all pictures on this site were taken by birdmeister (the owner of this site) except for where otherwise mentioned. All pictures on this site are copyrighted.

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