SoCal Birding Guides - Salton Sea

Hot, smelly, muddy, full of flies, and some of the best birding in the world. That's the Salton Sea.

In the winter, Snow and Ross's Geese abound, along with Sandhill Cranes, overwintering warblers like Northern Parula, Painted and American Redstarts, and Lucy's Warbler can sometimes be found. In the summer, though the thermometer can top 120 F, the possibilities include Yellow-footed Gull, Bronzed Cowbird, Wood Stork, and if we're lucky, Blue- or Red-footed Boobies, Fulvous Whistling-Ducks, Magnificent Frigatebird, Neotropic Cormorant, and storm-blown pelagic birds. Though they are escaped populations, both Chilean and Lesser Flamingoes are also resident.

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