2013-07-24 Saltworks & Imperial Beach

Wednesdays are set aside for accepting guests as part of the nesting tern surveys at the Saltworks section of the San Diego Bay NWR. I’ve had to good fortune to gain the friendship and confidence of key members of the biology team charged with monitoring this sensitive habitat. Belding’s Savannah Sparrows, Snowy Plover, Least Terns, … Read more

2013-04-27 Borrego’s Clark Dry Lake Birds

I made several fruitless thrasher hunts during the first half of 2013, and while I failed to locate the Le Conte’s Thrashers I had hoped for on these trips, I enjoyed company of the birds that more readily gave themselves to me. This Saturday expedition into the desert at Clark Dry Lake in the Anza-Borrego … Read more

2014 Early August At June Lakes and White Mountain

I went looking for Black-Backed Woodpeckers at a two or three-year-old burn along US Highway 395 a few miles north of June Lake Junction. While I failed in that endeavor, I found Williamson’s Sapsuckers and Lewis’ Woodpeckers instead. Also found here were Brewer’s Sparrows, Sage Thrasher (juvenile) and Green-Tailed Towhees. I had spent four wonderful … Read more

2014 Early August With Eastern Sierras Mammals

Birds were not the only subjects to entertain me while visiting my friends at June Lake. The eastern shore of June Lake by Oh Ridge Campground gave me my first meeting with Pygmy Rabbits, a bold Mule Deer and unidentifiable chipmunks (unless they are in hand and an expert is analysing). At Mono Mills, while … Read more

Missoula 1979

My preparations to move on from a home that has been a family shelter since 1961 has turned up several surprises. The most recent one was in a shoebox of old cassette tapes, only one of which interested me. The tape contained a collection of music I made around 1979, and I was a musical … Read more

Excerpts From “The Teachings Of Don Juan”

The following is not about birds, but mysticism. In June of 1960, Carlos Castaneda was student of anthropology at UCLA. While pursuing the study of medicinal plants of the Native Americans of the southwest, he was introduced to a wise old medicine man (don Juan) in Arizona who was a Yaqui Indian from across the … Read more