The soft pre-dawn light shined through the foggy windows of my Subaru Outback. I opened my eyes to examine the glowing droplets of water, amused by their color until I realized that they were on the inside on my window. Whoops. I opened the rear passenger door and dropped my Chacos onto the cold pavement of the Wal-Mart parking lot, before stepping into the carefully, so I wouldn't get gum or spilled soda on my wool socks. Today's mission: assault the Salton Sea with all available birding resources; my primary objective was to capture photos of a Yellow-footed Gull. The rest of the birds would be a bonus. I went into the day half-informed and full of a can-do attitude. We'll see how long that lasts...
The day flew by (that won't be the last time a bird pun appears in my writing) and in several interesting tern of events (told you...) I managed to make the Salton Sea a memorable trip. I'll save the details of my birding bonanza for the book. Hopefully some photos from the day will suffice.