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Rare Bird Sightings

To post rare sightings from Piute Ponds on this site please use the link below to send us an email.

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Trumpeter Swans

Trumpeter swans

The larger swan is a trumpeter swan, (next to a tundra swan) photographed by Don Davis on Saturday, January 19, 2013. The heaviest bird native to north America (Wikipedia). The largest waterfowl species in North America (Cornell).

For a video of the trumpeter swan, go to this link. To hear their "trumpeting," turn up the sound.



Little Stints

Another rare sighting at Piute Ponds reported by Kimbal Garrett on July 23, 2011 and photographed (above) by Mark Scheel. The larger bird is a little stint.He was seen again on the 24th and 25. These birds are native to Africa and Asia and have only been sighted 3 times in California this year and this is one.

Considered by some to be a vagrant here in the desert, they breed in Arctic Europe and are sometimes seen in Australia and North America.

Hudsonian Godwits sighted at Piute Ponds

Godwits sighted on the north side of the north pond and the northwest side of the north Ducks Unlimited Pond in the south. First sighted May 14, 2010 through May 27, 2010.

These birds attracted scads of attention when they were first sighted at Piute, 30 years ago, (1980) and again in 2010.

Little Stint

Little Stint rare sighting

Pacific Golden Plover

Hudsonian Godwits in fligth at Piute Ponds May 2010

Bob Steele's photos of Hudsonian Godwits sighted at Piute Ponds May 2010

Godwits sighted by Larry Sansone at Piute Ponds May 2010

Godwit landing at Piute Ponds May 2010

Godwit in flight sighting at Piute Ponds May 2010