Salton Sea Overnighter
January 19 - January 20
We are going to the Salton Sea! This is a great wintering spot for just about every bird there is. Between flooded fields, a huge, foul-smelling body of water, acres of disgusting mud, all surrounded by a desert hell-hole, anyone can see that it is a great place for birds. We will meet, and leave promptly from the Townhouse Inn & Suites 135 Main Street, Brawley , CA 92227 (760-344-5120) (formerly known as the Brawley Motel) at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, January 19. We will caravan through a bunch of places, stopping for lunch when the time is right. Bring a sack lunch for Saturday and for Sunday. Saturday evening, we will definitely have our traditional roadside wine and cheese party, so bring something for that. We will try for a spot where we can watch the Sandhill Cranes come in to roost. Sunday, we will leave at the same time and bird our way in the general direction of home.
This area in winter is great for raptors, shore birds and all kinds of migrants. It is just south enough that all kinds of rarities show up. Because the ecology is so varied, we can expect to see a lot of species. Some of the roads will be unpaved, but should be fine for passenger cars with average clearance. It is probably best to leave the Ferrari at home.
This trip is weather sensitive. Many of the roads will be dirt and , if too wet, may not be passable. Please let me know if you are coming. I will send out emails to those who have let me know they are attending, if there are any last minute adjustments/cancellations.