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Birds of The Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge

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Photos: Top Right- Burrowing Owls caught peering out of their nest.


Salton Sea, California


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Another Burrowing Owl Nest
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Black-necked Stilts
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It was a beautiful Fall day at the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge. 

There are over 870 acres of multiple habitats including Wetlands, Forests, and Croplands to enjoy at the Salton Sea Refuge.  There is a large observation deck at the Nature Center that will allow you spot many water fowl. Several feeders are hanging in the trees near the Nature Center to encourage small birds and Quails. I took a picture (look below) of a Harris's Sparrow on one of the feeders that according to my Kaufman Guide is not suppose to be in California. Pretty Cool! Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and make the hike up "Rock Hill Trail". There are water ponds in several locations that encourages birds. On the way to "Rock Hill" we experienced large flocks of Snow Geese flying over our heads from one pasture to another. The air was full of LOUD goose conversation and the sound of hundreds of wings flapping. It was awesome! One of the highlights was being able to find several Burrowing Owl nests and being able to watch them as they watched us. Burrowing Owls are just too cute! Remember to keep your eyes open for birds, falcons, hawks, and owls on the way into and out of the refuge area. We always laugh about the fact that many of our best sightings are on the way to the wildlife refuge and as we are leaving.


A large flock of Snow Geese take to the sky

Fall Sandpiper by the shore
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Family of Gambel's Quail
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There are Gulls everywhere......
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Pacific Northwest Song Sparrow
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Male Northern Shoveler
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Male Northern Pintail
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Winter Horned Grebe
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Harris's Sparrow
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Fall Juvenile Greater Yellowlegs
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Snowy Egret
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Great Blue Heron
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I just love Burrowing Owls
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American White Pelican
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American Kestrel
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Couldn't resist adding this cute little bunny