2013-03-24 Surfbirds At The Mission Bay Jetty

Good image captures of Surfbirds were a source of frustration for me until this day. These shorebirds are not rare during the winter season in San Diego County, but I’d not had any meaningful encounters. I read a report about a sighting at the rock jetty at the mouth of Mission Bay. I’d not visited … Read more

2013-03-23 Around Poway

When winter is ending and spring approaches in southern California, and we’ve been hosting dull, drab Yellow-Rumped Warblers for three months, the males shed their winter garb and don their new vernal finery. This is also the time that Hooded Orioles move in from their winter homes further south and set up territories in our … Read more

2013 March In South San Diego County

In March 2013 I went twice to Lower Otay Lake in search of a Prairie Warbler. As did many of my adventures in south San Diego County, my first trip was combined with a visit to Bayfront Park in Chula Vista, where I enjoyed the company of waterfowl, shorebirds and a cooperative Clapper Rail (now … Read more

2013-01-31 Imperial Beach Hot Spots

South of San Diego Bay and north of the Tijuana River and the border with Mexico, lies the town of Imperial Beach. Both the bay and the river valley are productive bird finding areas. I started my day along the mudflats at the south end of the bay. The location is known locally as “7th … Read more

2013-01-22 Bayfront Park In Chula Vista

Chula Vista Bayfront Park is positioned between the Chula Vista Marina and San Diego Bay. I make a point of visiting this place whenever I’m on errands nearby, but it often warrants a visit on its own merits. Wintering along the bay shore may be Brant, Surf Scoters, grebes and other divers near the shore. … Read more

2013-01-20 San Diego Safari Park

Now that my review of 2014 is complete, I’ll be starting the process again with 2013. I’ll begin by sharing my January visit to the old “Wild Animal Park”, now called “Safari Park”. I signed up for a year’s membership earlier this morning because I wanted to photograph some of the free ranging birds that … Read more

2014-12-19 Santee Lakes

This post wraps up my retelling of stories from 2014. Tales of 2013 remain to be told, and I hope to spin those yarns soon. I know I’ve been pumping out these posts at an unusual pace. Once I sell my home and hit the road in my RV the posts should be only a … Read more

2014-12-04 Poway Creek Mergansers

There is a location on Poway Creek, a mile from my home where I like to hunt for Wilson’s Snipe each winter. While the snipes may bring me to this location, at times I’ve been rewarded by meetings with other amazing birds. The City of Poway mows down all the tall cattails, bulrushes and willows … Read more