|View from the platform at Unit 1|
The first of January we headed for Salton Sea in southern California. What a beautiful drive over there through the Chocolate Mountains! Once we got there we went to Unit 1 of Sonny Bono NWR. There we first saw flocks of Sandhill Cranes grazing in the fields, American Coots, Northern Shovelers and American Wigeons in the ponds. Along with Great Blue Heron, Cattle, Snowy and Great Egret standing along side the canals. Just past that we spotted more cranes and a whole field of Snow Geese.
We did spot some nice shorebirds; Black-bellied Plover, Least Sandpiper,Greater Yellowlegs, American Avocet, Willet, Long-billed Dowitcher and Marbled Godwit. The gulls there were mainly Ring-billed Gulls with a few Herring and Glaucous-winged Gulls.
After that we spotted some Eared Grebes, Clark's Grebe and Western Grebe swimming near the shore.
|At the Top!|
|Old abandoned dock near the marina.|
After we were rested we headed back down the hill and headed for our truck. We didn't see anything new along the way. We got 1 new lifer there the Glaucous-winged Gull.
**Next blog about our Oregon coast birding and also Portland area birding**