- They say that April is the cruelest month . . .
With some AM hours free I thought I'd journey south
for the Anhinga at Ramer Lake in Imperial County.
Before dawm I was at Ramer (by the green fishing line
on the main east/west dike); by all appearances,
however, the Anhinga was not. I don't know whether it
has departed or was just playing a very successful
game of hide-and-seek. The bird could have easily
been fishing or sitting on a lower perch, but I spent
a couple of hours at that location at several
different points during the morning (including pretty
early on) with no success.
Birding various locales along the Alamo River south
towards Holtsville (including Finney Lake) also proved
fruitless. The sole highlight was a small flock of
gulls (with seven nicely plumaged alternate Franklin's
among them) that insisted on sitting IN the road along
Kershaw just north of the entrance to Ramer. I don't
know what they were feeding on, but it was amazing to
see Franklin's Gulls unabashedly parading around the
tarmac like that; somehow it seemed beneath their
Good luck and good birding,
Loma Linda, CA
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