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So Calif. Desert Sojourn

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  • Kathy &/or Dave Biggs
    Hello all, Dave and I traversed as large a segment of the CA deserts as we could in one week. Our report: Day 1, April 19, 2005 Mono County De Chambeau ponds:
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 29, 2005
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      Hello all,

      Dave and I traversed as large a
      segment of the CA deserts as we
      could in one week.

      Our report:

      Day 1, April 19, 2005
      Mono County
      De Chambeau ponds:
      It was snowing! So we crossed off this location!!
      Inyo County
      Mazourka Spring:
      It was raining, so we crossed this off too and
      visited with Jo & Tom Heindel in Big Pine instead.

      Day 2, April 20, 2005
      Inyo County
      Dirty Socks Spring, south edge Owen’s Lake
      N36” 19.769’ W117 56.944
      Elevation 3575
      This is the site where we've found Desert Forktails
      and Alkali Bluets
      before, but the weather was still quite cool and
      somewhat overcast:
      Black-fronted Forktail – one male
      Bluet sp., one female
      Death Valley
      Wild Rose Canyon:
      Vivid Dancer – 3 males, 1 female
      Scotty’s Castle
      This site seemed to have great potential as a
      natural spring is
      redirected to an easily accessed artificial stream
      in front of the
      castle. Even though it was late and a bit cool:
      Flame Skimmer – 2 female, 2 males
      Dancer sp – 2 types, ~ 12 – we hope to ID thru
      photos later.

      Day 3, April 21, 2005
      Inyo County
      Salt Creek:
      Desert Forktail – one male
      Forktail sp. – one male – this male did not have
      tear shaped eyespots
      or a wide shoulder stripe. I had a straight down
      look at it and I
      thought it looked like a Rambur’s, but it flew away
      before I could confirm
      this ID. Rambur’s and Desert Forktails are
      concurrent in several other
      watersheds, so this is a possibility and hope
      others can check into this!

      Day 4, April 22, 2005
      Riverside County
      Barker Dam (this site was almost dry the last time
      we visited, with
      NO odes. Now it was full!…and the ‘colonizers’ were
      there):
      Familiar Bluet - several
      Black-fronted Forktail – one male
      Red Saddlebags – one or two
      Variegated Meadowhawk - many
      Anisoptera sp. – 2 quick flybys could have been
      Gliders or Darners.
      Also seen: mating Red-spotted Toads

      Day 5, April 23, 2005
      San Diego County
      We had a 2-day catch and release permit:
      San Felipe Creek – cool and overcast, no odes. But
      we did get to finally meet Doug Aguillard!
      Coyote Creek - cool and somewhat overcast, 3rd
      crossing:
      Calif. Dancer – several
      Vivid Dancer – several
      Black-fronted Forktail – one female
      Green Darner – one - two
      Roseate Skimmer – one male

      Day 6, April 24, 2005
      San Diego County
      Anza Borrego NHM workshop group:
      Coyote Creek – still cool and windy; from 3rd
      crossing to Santa Catarina Springs
      American Rubyspot – a few
      Calif. Dancer – several, in-hand ID (after group
      broke up)
      Vivid Dancer – many
      Black-fronted Forktail – one female, in-hand ID
      (after group broke up)
      Roseate Skimmer – one male (after group broke up)
      Variegated Meadowhawk – a few
      Red Saddlebags – one

      Day 7, April 25, 2005
      San Diego County
      Lower Palm Canyon
      Flame Skimmer – 1 female
      Imperial County
      We spent ~ 1 hr at New River Wetlands, Imperial
      site:
      Familiar Bluet – abundant
      Powdered Dancer Argia moesta – one pair in cop +
      one male
      Desert Forktail – a few
      Rambur’s Forktail – many
      Common Green Darner – 2-3
      Western Pondhawk – a few males
      Blue Dasher – many
      Red Saddlebags – 2-3
      Riverside County
      During 10 mins at Bombay area, late afternoon, mile
      marker 55.5:
      American Rubyspot – 2+
      Calif. Dancer – several, in-hand ID
      Blue-ringed Dancer – a few
      Desert Forktail – a few
      Flame Skimmer – one male

      Day 8, April 26, 2005
      San Diego County
      Lower Palm Canyon
      Flame Skimmer – 1 female
      Stanislaus County
      Del Puerto Canyon, ~1 hr, late afternoon
      American Rubyspot – 2 males
      Vivid Dancer – many
      Dancer sp., some (have seen CA Dancer other years)

      It was a great week, despite the weather. The
      wildflowers were still
      quite good in Joshua Tree NP.
      The long-earred Owls have returned and are nesting
      at Tamarisk Grove
      Campsite in Anza-Borrego DSP again. We saw at least
      one owlette in
      the nest.

      Kathy
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