RE: [CALBIRDS] White Ibis present Sunday 9/2 with access advice
- If anyone else is going to look for this bird, I encourage you to follow Stan Walens' directions on Calbird, which I repost below. It's relatively easy access to the ponds, and there is no mud. Best viewing is from the east dike (walk around in a clockwise direction to avoid the south dike that is overgrown with thorny plants). The ibis flock spent most of the time in the northwest corner of the more southerly of the two ponds with water in it, very hard to see through the thick tamarisks on the west dike.
"Walk the road west from the gate, which will be locked on Sunday and Monday; there is a walk-in entrance on the left side of the gate.
Walk about 250 yards, until you see the 20 mph traffic sign.
At that point, there is a gap in the fence big enough to get through. Chain link fence; don't wear your silk birding vest.
It enters the area at the southern end of the northern pond."
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University of Redlands, Redlands, CA 92373
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Sent: Sunday, September 02, 2012 8:31 AM
Subject: [CALBIRDS] White Ibis present Sunday 9/2 with access advice
The "Mojave Desert Bird Club Entrance", i.e. the low spot in the fence, is
flooded and deep in thick, sticky mud (or at least I couldn't find a way through
said flood/mud). For alternative access, follow the fence line west, then south.
For those worried about traffic, you should be OK outbound for the rest of the
weekend -- coming back it can be faster to continue south through the Mojave
Preserve and return on 40 west.
I got a good look at the ibis feeding with the White-Faced types through a gap
in the tamarisks.