We left San Diego heading east through the Coastal Mountains and into the desert. We passed through Julian where we were able to pick up some high altitude birds before the descent to below sea level at the Salton Sea.
|Band-tailed Pigeon at Julian|
|Dark-eyed (Oregon) Junco|
|Wild Turkey displays his fan tail|
Red Hill (former) Marina - no water nearby anymore
We stayed in Calipatria, a town 184 feet below sea level. Only a few miles each day to the sea and the Sonny Bono Wildlife Refuge to explore the many interesting habitats.
|Ross's Geese - a special treat|
|Sandhill Cranes winter here getting ready to leave|
|Long-billed Dowitchers and 2 Stilt Sandpipers|
|White-faced Ibis and Cattle Egrets in flooded field|
|No place left to land - over 5,000 geese left|
The other 50,000 already headed north
This is the view from the Rock Hill Trail a little over a mile walk from the visitor's center. We were able to scope out the rare Yellow-footed Gull from the hill. If you use your imagination, you will see him in this photo.
We had a flock of over 60 Mountain Plovers in a plowed field and some came very close to our RV "blind".
|Clark's Grebes on Weist Lake|
|There's a Barn Owl sleeping in between these Palm leaves,|
|Eurasian Collared Dove|
|Abert's Towhee - nesting material|
|Male Northern Harrier|
|Snow-capped Mountains to the northwest of the Salton Sea 35 miles long - 10 miles wide|
|Burrowing Owls, the happy couple at home|
After a week in the California desert we are on to Arizona and more birding.
Love & Prayers,
Ty & Ida Baumann