Last weekend, February 8th & 9th, thirty birders and our trip leader, Bob Miller, checked-out many areas around the Salton Sea and Brawley. We had a fantastic time! The weather was perfect and we all enjoyed each other’s company while birding and the after-birding socializing with great friends. Some new friends too! We found 101 bird species. Some of our favorite sightings included the two Great Horned Owls at two different locations, the Gila Woodpeckers, several Neotropic Cormorants with Bob’s wonderful ID explanation, the Sprague’s Pipit, the two Lesser Flamingos, the two(3?) unexpected bright male Vermilion Flycatchers, and the huge flocks of Snow Geese, Ross’s Geese, and Sandhill Cranes. Rarities included the color-variants: Dark-morph Snow Goose and Dark-morph Ross’s Goose. Here’s our weekend list of bird species:
American White Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Great Horned Owl
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
I especially would like to thank Bob, Hal & Dianne, Penny, Jeff, and of course, all of the birders who helped to make this fun-filled field trip, a huge success!!