Re: RFI: Southern Cal Target Birds
I'd actually focus on the Imperial Valley/Salton Sea. That's
probably the best place for 4 of your 5 targets (check archives of
the "Inland County Birds" listserv).
You might even find the 5th (Spotted Dove) en route: at least until
about 2000, there was a small population in a little cemetery in
Beaumont on the south side of I-10 east of San Bernardino. I believe
it's at the southern end of Pennsylvania Ave., which is an exit
(westbound only) just east of the Hwy. 79/Beaumont Ave. exit.
Otherwise, your best bet would be the East L.A./Huntington Park
area. I posted this in response to these questions a while back:
Just check any of the green patches on that map south of I-10. Note
that this is an inner city area, so use good judgment.
And no, I wouldn't expect to find a Sulid in the area right now.
--- In CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com, Scott Spangenberg
> I am going to be in Newport Beach on January 9-16 for a business
> trip, and would be interested in any advice I might get on
> for recent sightings of certain target species. I have birdedin
> California many times over the years, but only a handful of timesin
> the greater LA area. I have the ABA guide of course, but speciesbirds
> sometimes favor different spots year to year. The following
> are of special interest:However,
> Mountain Plover
> Chestnut-collared Longspur
> McCown's Longspur
> Spotted Dove
> Yellow-footed Gull
> The first four have more or less been nemesis birds for me.
> I'm planning on taking some time after the business concludes, andI
> am considering scooting out to Obsidian Butte and the Salton Sea,so
> I included the gull. My understanding is that all of the Sulids
> would be rarest at this time of year. Is that correct?
> Scott Spangenberg
> Amherst, NH