Recently, on the weekend of January 30th & 31st, twenty-six 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 104 bird species. Some of our favorite sightings included the Great Horned Owl, the Gila Woodpecker, the Mountain Plovers, several Neotropic Cormorants with Bob’s wonderful ID explanation, the Vermillion Flycatchers, and the huge flocks of Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes. Rarities included the Stilt Sandpiper, several Dark–morph Snow Geese, and the gray Salton Sea Song Sparrow sub-species.
Here’s our weekend list of bird species:
American White Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Great Horned Owl
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
I would like to thank Bob, our trip leader, and most especially thanks to Hal & Dianne. Also, thanks go out to all of the birders who helped to make this fun-filled field trip a huge success!!