Sprague's pipits Calipatria. Imperial Co. !
Went to the Salton Sea last friday with a rental to try for
Longspurs near the Calipatria 'State
Prison' -> took from the 111 in Cal the Eddins east, then Blair
north till Hoober -> Hoober east. Stopped the car at the second
field east of the prison since there was a small bridge/dam so that
I could cross the concrete walled stream. In this field I found at
least 2 but very likely 3 SPRAGUE'S PIPITS! Birds were very
distinctive with their call and indeed, their behavior: flushed a
couple of yards in fron tof me, flying high away -calling meanwhile-
and then land quite close. Had one ind. on the ground in the scope -
all characters well seen. Flight is remarkable different from Am
pipit (beware! also two in the same dry field!): really a 'good' and
strong flight, very different from the fluttering flight of American
pipit (and, in the Old World, of Meadow pipit) -reminded me of the
I am pretty sure that I had three individuals, but two for sure!
No Longspurs, hardly any Shorelarks.
Near the Unit One on Vendel I had a very obliging and fine
Aleutian Canada goose -> bird was among 1000's Ross and Snowgeese ->
well observed! Size of Ross' goose: head was fairly blocky which is
supposedly good for Aleutian but not for Cackling. White ring below
the black on the neck. Nice!
Ok, that's all folks,
Herman van Oosten, Riverside.