Place: Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, Calipatria, California
Coordinates, Unit 1: 33.0860, -115.7096 Unit 2: 33.1767, -115.6190
In the middle of the Southern California desert there's a large body of water called the Salton Sea. It is a periodical lake of which I plan to write a separate post. Being a source of water and food in a vast desert area, it is also a big attraction to wildlife, primarily birds. Several areas along the Salton Sea shores were set aside as refuges, We visited to of these at its southern shores: Units 1 and 2 of the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge.
|Snow geese in the fields. Unit 1 of SBSSNWR.|
The fields to our south were filled with Snow geese but the ponds were relatively empty, save for a few ducks.
|The water ponds at unit 1.|
|The foot prints of a Great Blue Heron|
|Ring-billed Gull, Unit 1 of SBSSNWR|
|Sleeping Barn Owl|
|Anna's Hummingbird, female|
|Common Ground Dove|
The canal and the bushes along it harbored several bird species. This Lesser Yellowlegs was one of them:
|Gulls and friends|
|No Pharaoh here, no real blood.|
|Western Sandpiper (adult, non-breeding)|
|Salton Sea, shining in the sun|