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Sunday, 17 January 2016

California - Day 10 - 21/1/16

Today we had to get from Brawley, all the way back north to Ventura, which meant a lot of driving for me. However, we still managed quite a bit of birding that started off around Brawley and then the Salton Sea where we tried yet again for the Yellow-footed Gull but to no avail. Still thousands of birds knocking about though.
We slowly made our way north up the east side of the Sea adding two more Gull species to our already impressive Gull list, then ploughed it around Los Angeles north to Ventura in very good time, mainly thanks to the very helpful 'carpool' system. 
A stop to look out at sea around Point Mugu State Park revealed two species of Dolphins, and in the canyon there we finally saw a Canyon Wren
The day ended near Oxnard and we finally settled in at our digs in Ventura ready for our day on Santa Cruz Island tomorrow. 

Sheldon Reservoir, Brawley
Redhead - 7
Ring-necked Duck - 60
Canvasback - 40

Salton Sea
Long-billed Curlew - 75
Greater Yellowlegs - 12
Burrowing Owl - 2
Tree Swallow - 15
Lesser Black-backed Gull - 1
Bonaparte's Gull - 3
Belted Kingfisher - 1
Verdin - 2
Stilt Sandpiper - 5
Cactus Wren - 1 North Shore
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher - 3
Plus lots of Gulls, Geese and Grebes etc. 

Point Mugu State Park
Canyon Wren - 1
Rock Wren - 3
Golden-crowned Sparrow - 3
Audubon's Warbler - 10
Heermann's Gull - 10
Black-vented Shearwater - 25

Bottlenose Dolphin - 5
Common Dolphin - 50

Ormond Beach Wildlife Pond
Common Yellowthroat - 1 superb male
Blue-winged Teal - 6
Cinnamon Teal - 20
Night Heron - 11

Western Pond Turtle - 2


 Cactus Wren at Salton Sea
 Bottlenose Dolphin very close inshore
Canyon Wren - only one more Wren now left to get.....




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