Bird watching is at its peak.
Saturday, while touring the Brawley New River Wetlands Project, I spotted a very rare bluewing teal. I doubt if I have seen more than five of these birds in the Valley during my lifetime. The beautiful drake bluewing teal was in full plumage and swimming with a flock of cinnamon teal.
I also spotted an elusive sora lurking in the reeds. Tree swallows, barn swallows and cliff swallows wheeled overhead, feeding on the insects over the wetlands. All three of these swallows are extremely beautiful when viewed up close.
Bob Miller reports bronzed cowbirds at Cattle Call Park. He also spotted a young male vermilion flycatcher on the fence between the main parking lot and the Cattle Call arena.