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Inland Southern CA Question

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Hi there.

I am thinking about doing a trip to inland southern CA, specifically to Joshua Tree NP in March to look for breeding Le Conte's Thrashers, since it has been years since I've seen one. If I visit Joshua Tree, I'll probably visit Salton Sea as well and look for Snowy Plovers, Bonaparte's Gulls, Burrowing Owls, and possibly that Black-headed Gull that has been hanging around.

However, I have not birded extensively in southern CA, mostly in Orange County; I mostly bird in central and northern CA. I was wondering if anybody had tips of places to go that wouldn't be more than an hour or two from Joshua Tree / Salton Sea, or interesting spots to check out at Salton Sea or Joshua Tree. Recommendations on finding desert birds like Verdin, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Crissal Thrasher, or other interesting stuff like Long-eared Owl, would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for any responses (if anyone responds haha this subforum doesn't get the most traffic).

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Ended up having a pretty successful trip. 

First stop Grassy Hollow in Angeles National Forest in the mountains northeast of Los Angeles, at 7300 feet elevation. Lots of mountain birds here, including a beautiful male Williamson's Sapsucker, but I missed Mountain Quail. 

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Second stop was Joshua Tree National Park, early morning at Barker Dam, where there were lots of desert birds more typical of Arizona than California, then 49 Palms Oasis, where I had a nice male Costa's Hummingbird, then ended the day at Smoke Tree Wash where I finally had a Le Conte's Thrasher.

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Third stop was Salton Sea SRA, where I saw a continuing Garganey and a Black-headed Gull - my only life bird of the trip. After that, I birded a few other spots around Salton Sea and the Imperial Valley, looking for a few targets like Neotropic Cormorant and Common Ground-Dove.

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Final stop was Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and the Borrego Springs area. I camped at the Tamarisk Campground, which is a well known spot for Long-eared Owls. At the Borrego Springs WTP, there was a nice singing Crissal Thrasher.

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Posted (edited)

White-headed Woodpecker and Long-eared Owl!!!!:classic_angry::classic_angry: Glad you had a good trip!

Edit: Wasn't all the replies helpful?:classic_tongue:

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On 3/5/2020 at 6:47 AM, Kevin said:

White-headed Woodpecker and Long-eared Owl!!!!:classic_angry::classic_angry: Glad you had a good trip!

Edit: Wasn't all the replies helpful?:classic_tongue:

I kind of saw that coming, this subforum sometimes gets neglected.

But if anyone asks about coastal central California I got them covered. And if I get the opportunity to go to Texas I'm counting on you to help me out - at least, if I'm in that Dallas-Fort Worth part of the state. Texas is so big it would be hard to know all the regions well!

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