Mammal Atlas Photo Credits

I received my copy of the San Diego County Mammal Atlas last Tuesday, December 19, 2017. Prior to this I’d seen only the individual species accounts that comprise the main body of the book. There was a gala at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park, preceded by a meet-and-greet VIP session at … Read more

2017-10-27 A Week At Southeast County

As a part of project to study the inland wetlands of San Diego County, the San Diego Natural History Museum’s science team spent the week at a property in the southeast county located east of La Posta Road, not far from the Mexican border. The acreage has been heavily grazed. Recently acquired by an non-profit … Read more

2017-08-12 Driving Up The Colorado River

I’ll be spending the next few days driving north into the Inter Mountain States. I’ll be meeting with a friend in Salt Lake City to spend a few days hunting birds in the reserves in the area before we move on to see the eclipse on the 21st. I left the Salton Sea early this … Read more

2017-07-15 Tioga Pass And The Importance Of “Common” Birds

June Lake, where I’ve been staying with friends, is a short drive to many great bird locations and abundant first rate scenery. Tioga Pass is the east gate to Yosemite National Park. It takes off from US-395 near Lee Vining less than 4.5 miles from north end of June Lakes Loop (CA-158). At its junction … Read more

2017-07-13 Eastern Sierra Scenery

  Occasionally I’ll take a short break from pointing my camera at birds and take in some of the surrounding scenery. Today I’m sharing some of those images. A brief description follows in chronological order. Horsetail Falls is along Rush Creek as it descends from the highest elevations into the June Lakes area and ends … Read more

2017-07-12 Sonora Pass And Beyond

At 9623 feet, Sonora Pass is the second highest pass over the Sierras. I wanted to explore this area because I was told there was a store along the route with a feeding station and I might get Rosy Finches. I crossed the summit and drove downslope as far as the Dardanelle Resort. I spoke … Read more

2017-07-12 Mono Lake Birds

This morning I headed toward Sonora Pass. California Route 108 traverses the Sierra Nevada range from the Gold Country on the west to the eastern Sierras near Bridgeport. The road from June Lake passes Lee Vining and Mono Lake. There is a roadside picnic area at the northwestern shore of Mono Lake where I’ve found … Read more

2017-07-08 Woodpecker Chase

Saturday (7/8) I chased woodpeckers. My first stop was at Earthquake Fault just outside of downtown Mammoth. I’d been told I’d find Williamson’s Sapsuckers there, and I did. I also found Black-Backed Woodpeckers which I was supposed to find on my second stop at Inyo Craters. The birds at the fault were very high in … Read more