2014-11-30 Birds At Vendel Road

No trip to the Salton Sea is complete without paying a visit to Unit #1 of the Sonny Bono NWR at Vendel Road. In winter, it is an exceptional birding destination. Snow Geese and Sandhill Crane numbers are at their peak. Fifteen years ago my visits here might turn up the occasional two or four … Read more

2014-11-30 Poe Road Passerines

My past stops at Poe Road on the southwestern shore of the Salton Sea have yielded worthwhile bird encounters. On this visit at the end of November 2014, I focused on birds at the edge the thick mesquite thickets several hundred yards from the current shore of the receding sea. In October 2011,  I spent … Read more

2014 Late November At The Salton Sea

By the time November ends at the Salton Sea, the waterfowl population explodes. Snow Geese numbers can reach 30,000. Sandhill Cranes numbers seem to be increasing in each passing season. Where once we felt lucky to see a half-dozen cranes, now it is not unexpected to see hundreds. Yet I spent only a brief afternoon … Read more

2014-10-21 Poe Road And The Salton Sea

When I drive to the Salton Sea from my home in San Diego County, I usually make Poe Road my first stop. Not only is it the first access road to the sea on the route I drive, it has provided me with some nice bird encounters over the years. One morning I met and … Read more

2014 Late July At The Salton Sea

Whoever said ‘you must suffer for your art’ must have been thinking about photographing birds at the Salton Sea in mid-summer. Temperatures here often elevate to over 115°F in the shade. Standing in the midday sun, trying to catch an image, is a test of one’s endurance, fortitude, patience and sanity. Not that the birds … Read more

2011-10-13 At The Salton Sea

Visits to the Salton Sea in Imperial County California rarely fail to yield nice visits with unusual birds. Some visits are more memorable than others. This October day in 2011 was a special day for me; it provided me with my first quality meeting with Laughing Gulls and the Thick-Billed Savannah Sparrow. Additionally other shorebirds, … Read more

2017-08-12 Driving Up The Colorado River

I’ll be spending the next few days driving north into the Inter Mountain States. I’ll be meeting with a friend in Salt Lake City to spend a few days hunting birds in the reserves in the area before we move on to see the eclipse on the 21st. I left the Salton Sea early this … Read more

2017-08-11 Salton Sea Sunsets

Choosing to add a few more “features” to my RV delayed the launch of my expedition into the inter-mountain west. I might have taken Interstate 15 on my way to Salt Lake, as that would have been the preferred track of my guidance system, but a reported a one hour traffic delay only 50 miles … Read more

2017-04-20 Salton Sea and Ramer Lake

My visit to the Red Hill Marina Campsite was fun, but it was time to continue my journey to Arizona. Ramer Lake is another interesting bird location in the Salton Sea area and it is along the route that exits the region. This lake has numerous Islands within its boundaries suited to nesting waterfowl and … Read more

2017-04-20 Salton Sea: Bowles Road to Red Hill

I spent the night at Bowles Road and woke up early to find a swarm of tree swallows all around me. It was a bright and clear morning so I took out my camera and chased pixels. Swallows are very flighty subjects and difficult to capture well, but I tried my best. Later I drove … Read more