RE: Northern Cardinals extirpated?
About two weeks ago I posted regarding the status of Northern Cardinals on
the Colorado River (also posted to inlandcountybirds). Responses to those
posts were few, but all those reporting who had looked for cardinals at
Vidal Wash (about 20 visits reported to me) have failed to find them since
their last known date of occurrence (8 May 2001). Prior to that, RBA
reports on the internet show that cardinals were found every year at Vidal
Wash, back to 1995. I believe that they were found there back years further
than that, but do not have ready access to an archive that I could search
(such as North American Birds and its predecessors).
There were also no responses indicating that cardinals had been found
anywhere else on the river. Other historic locations include the Earp area
(including Big River and Parker Dam) and in the vicinity of Laguna Dam in
Imperial County. So, the only cardinals currently known by me to have been
found along the river since 2001 have been in the Blythe area:
.5 June 2005 (female) reported by Roger Higson at that time.
.6-8 June 2006 (male) reported by Roger Higson at that time and also seen by
.April 2006 (male) reported by Joe Fuhrman in response to my post (seen at
Of course this does not mean that cardinals really are extirpated along the
river. The area is not well birded. Several birders have emphasized the
importance of dawn/early morning visits as well. By publicizing the recent
dearth of records, I hope to inspire some of you to scour the river in the
coming season and years. Good luck!