Sunday, May 22, 2011

Lower Colorado River and Imperial NWR

I spent the week surveying for Willow Flycatchers on the Lower Colorado River near Imperial National Wildlife Refuge. On the refuge, we found some pretty sweet birds including American Avocet, Long-billed Dowitcher, and Vermillion Flycatcher. Also, we have been seeing Eared Grebes, White-faced Ibis' and Great and Snowy Egrets daily on the refuge. While on the river, we came across five Long-billed Curlews and a couple of Black-necked Stilts on a sandbar. At one of the sites, I observed a Canyon Towhee, which is not reported in the area very often and is uncommon, along with two Brewer's Sparrows. As we were leaving the refuge to drive to our other field house, we observed a Brown-crested Flycatcher perched on a Saguaro cactus right outside the bunkhouse.

American Avocets!

White-faced Ibis'

Long-billed Dowitchers
Pied-billed Grebe and young!

Eared Grebe

Snowy Egret

Vermillion Flycatcher
 Stay tuned for an update on my 300 life bird. I'm at 296 right now, so it should be within the next week! Hopefully....

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