I decided to put on my clothing and see what kind of ABA list I could get to……
I went to Oklahoma to get a Mississippi Kite although failing in my pursuit of painted buntings,
I did see this stilt sandpiper in a muddy field pond
I originally landed into Phoenix to pouring rain, flooding and terrible weather. things looked bad, I had to abandon attempts at black-chinned sparrows and drive south in hopes of abatement of rain
I picked up Jim at Tucson Airport. We stayed at Chuparosa Inn in Madera canyon after hearing they had code three, a Berylline Hummingbird hanging around.
Here is the Berylline
we saw the sinolea wren, 4 rufous capped warblers, black capped gnatcatchers, thick-billed kingbirds, violet crowned hummers, northern beardless tyranulets, I did not get a chance to photograph the wren which is a code five but saw it, it looks like a bland Bewick’s wren with a different song
we went to a guys yard and saw plain-capped starthroat below
Very feisty rufous hummingbirds chased everyone from the feeders
an immature gray hawk, we ended up seeing three of them all told
a curve billed thrasher
Ok after failing to find a buff-breasted flycatcher and a five-lined sparrow we decided to head to the Salton Sea.
El Centro California is a HOLE, the asshole of America, no decent motels, one advertised that toilet paper was extra. We stayed at the Rodeway Inn, and I got bed-bugs! Roderash Inn no doubt
We arrived at the Salton Sea in daybreak, it stunk, the land should not be irrigated, but there were gulls and owls everywhere.
this burrowing owl found itself a nice shadow to stand from an electric pole
The goal species of the Salton Sea is the yellow footed gull, big bill on yellow feet. This area is a prime NUDE birding area, and I decided to see this bird naked and add it to my naked life list. We saw thirty
We left the valley and drove up Palm Desert into the mountains, we found pygmy nuthatches, Lawrence’s goldfinches, Cassin’s Finches, hiked around Idylwild and finally found a white headed woodpecker, unfortunately I didn’t have my camera with. Jim spotted a needed Vaux’s swift and we heard a Northern Pygmy owl. NO MOUNTAIN QUAIL…oh well.
we went out and listened for Le Conte’s thrashers and heard one near Phoenix
At the end of the trip, my ABA list has shot up to 596!!! Jim at 525……. I also have thirty five bed bug bites……….
keep scratching Olaf