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Bird watching opportunities are excellent now and the weather is perfect for a day afield.
Last week Clark and Lois Bloom reported seeing a Lewis woodpecker at the Brawley Research Station south of Pioneers Memorial Hospital. This may be the same bird spotted at the end of Legion Road a few weeks back. In the El Centro area two Lewis's woodpeckers and one acorn were reported along Austin Road on the west edge of town.
A zone-tailed hawk continues to hang around the Cattle Call Arena in the southwest corner of Brawley. On March 1 I spotted a white red-wing blackbird. The albino blackbird was part of a flock of 60 to 75 birds feeding at the west end of Blais Road, 1 1/2 miles west of Forrester Road. Blais Road is about 2 1/2 miles north of Keystone Road off Forrester Road.
A Wilson's phalarope and three western gulls continue to hang around Obsidian Butte. The slough at the end of Lack Road, where the Salton Sea dike begins, is an excellent place to see numerous types of shore birds, ducks, gulls, herons, egrets, cormorants and pelicans. I have spotted many rare birds at this location over the years.