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What kinds of birds can you see at Salton Sea State Park?

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Green herons, osprey, American White Pelicans, California Brown Pelicans and the American Peregrine Falcon are some of the kinds of birds that can be seen at the Salton Sea State Park. The sea and surrounding marshlands provide sanctuary to over 400 species of birds. Some of the species are common while others are unique to the Salton Sea area and many are migratory birds that use the area as a stopover to feed, rest, roost and nest.

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Regular inhabitants of the Salton Sea include pelicans and cormorants which congregate in large numbers to feed on the diverse and plentiful fish and shellfish populations. Almost one-third of the population of American White Pelicans spends their winters at the sea while California Brown Pelicans come there after the breeding season. At some times, the Salton Sea is home to the largest inland breeding population of Double-crested Cormorants. Many other types of fishing birds feed and breed in the Salton Sea as well, including herons, osprey, terns, gulls and cranes.

The large population of the birds attracted to the Salton Sea because of the food supply creates a food supply for another bird. The American Peregrine Falcon visits the area in both winter and summer to hunt other birds which make up as much as 99 percent of its diet.

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