In March 2013, I went to the Coachella Valley and surrounding areas in California (the Coachella Valley includes Indio, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Cathedral City, and more) for a 14-night trip. On the trip, I managed to see 97 bird species, photograph 94 of those 97, and see 8 birds for the first time (7 of which I photographed). Through this page, you can go to galleries of the photos from my trip, see the list of the 97 bird species I saw, and watch a  video of the birds I saw on my trip.

Video tip: use 720p high-definition quality when playing the video (once you click play you can change the quality under the video)

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Trip bird list (total of 97 bird species)

Bold = seen only, not photographed (three species were seen only)

Underlined = life list addition (the first time I have seen this bird) - I got 8 lifers this trip

Snow Goose
Canada Goose
American Wigeon
Blue-winged Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Gambel's Quail
Pied-billed Grebe
Eared Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
American White Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Green Heron
Turkey Vulture
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Virginia Rail
Common Gallinule
American Coot
Black-bellied Plover
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Spotted Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Wilson's Snipe
Bonaparte's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Herring Gull
Caspian Tern
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Greater Roadrunner
Great Horned Owl
White-throated Swift


Anna's Hummingbird
Costa's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Black Phoebe
Say's Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Oak Titmouse
Rock Wren
Marsh Wren
Bewick's Wren
Cactus Wren
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Western Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
American Pipit
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-rumped Warbler
California Towhee
Abert's Towhee
Black-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Hooded Oriole
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
House Sparrow