Salton Sea

The Salton Sea can be an incredible place for a wide variety of birding. The national wildlife refuge can produce species such as Mountain Plover (winter), Burrowing Owl, Green-tailed Towhee (spring), Snow Geese (winter), American White Pelican (winter), Yuma Clapper Rail and Yellow-footed Gull. Vagrants such as Brown and Blue-footed Boobies, Magnificent Frigatebirds, Wood Stork, and Roseate Spoonbill can also be seen at the sea.

The Wistor Unit of Imperial Wildlife Area can provide species such as Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Abert's Towhee, Verdin and Pyrruloxia.

On a recent July trip to the area, I saw such species as Wood Stork (3 flying over Garst Road, appr. 5 at the intersection of Garst and Schrimpf), Green Heron, Cattle (many nesting at Ramer Lake), Snowy and Great Egrets, Great Blue Heron, Least and Caspian Terns, Yellow-footed Gull (Garst Road), White-faced Ibis, Greater Roadrunner, Verdin, Brown and American White Pelicans, Great-tailed Grackle, Mourning, Common Ground and White-winged Dove.

Directions: The Finney-Ramer Unit of Imperial Wildlife Area id located 5 miles north of Rutherford Rd (Route 26S) and 1 mile south of Calipatria on the east of Route 111. The Wistor Unit is north of Calipatria on Route 111 appr. 12 miles. SS NWR is located 5 miles north of Calipatria on Route 111.


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