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2019-10-28 Monday Afternoon At Vendel Road

When I woke up on this morning near Gila Bend Arizona, I thought my next stop would be at home. But the call of the wild was too strong to ignore. After reversing my decision about no more stops on my way home from my recent Arizona expedition, I could not resist paying one more … Read more

2019-10-10 Vendel Road, Salton Sea

My trip to Arizona finally was launched Thursday morning. I used the opportunity to visit some of my favorite bird destinations. My first stop was Poe Road, but I was disappointed with the visit. On my drive from the highway to the shore I passed several acres of bulldozed and burned mesquite stumps where once … Read more

2009-05-01: Remembering The Mission Trails BioBlitz

I took part in the first three organized BioBlitz events with the San Diego Natural History Museum. The first one took place in 2008 at Balboa Park, the second in 2009 at Mission Trails Regional Park, and the third event was in 2010 at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Each of the three were fun … Read more

2019-09-06 – Friday at Border Field

Earlier I wrote about the first two stops I made on my tour though some of my favorite locations between the San Diego Bay and the Mexican border. This episode is about my last visit of the day to this amazing region. When I left the Bird and Butterfly Garden, I headed to Border Field … Read more

2019-09-06 – Bird and Butterfly Garden

I posted recently about the first of three stops I made last Friday at some of my favorite birding destinations in the southwestern corner of San Diego County. I started my first visit at the southern end of the San Diego Bay and ended it at the Tijuana Estuary. This post is about my second … Read more

What’s An Avostilt?

I’ll never forget when in 2003 I first heard the expression “Avostilt”. The San Diego County Bird Atlas needed images of Elegant Terns and author Phil Unitt introduced me to the biology team monitoring the tern colonies at the south end of San Diego Bay. Elegant Terns had recently colonized the narrow dams separating the … Read more

2018-12-22 Christmas Bird Count

One day a year I enjoy the mere act of counting birds. It’s not for ego. It’s not done to call attention to myself. It’s not for an ‘I got more than you’ motivation. It is the Christmas Bird Count, a citizen science endeavor, where the birding community pulls together to survey the birds present … Read more

2018-12-17 La Jolla Cove

Last week I had LOTS of warblers chasing flying insects at my house and I tried chasing them with my D5 and my biggest lens. It was impossible to follow their movements with my eye in the viewfinder. I knew of a “dot sight” that allows you to keep your eye on the whole scene … Read more

2012-12-27 Margaret Fleming Nature Trail

There is a small corner of Torrey Pines State Park in Del Mar that does not get the attention that the bluffs get. It is understandable though, the bluffs above the beach are breathtaking. However, on the north side of the Penasquitos Valley, between residential developments, is a 200 acre reserve annexed to the state … Read more

2012-12-14 Poway Snipe Hunt

About a mile east of my house, along Poway Creek there is a hotspot for birds in winter. As a flood control measure, the City of Poway mows the creek bottom late in the fall. Cattails, bulrushes, willow, mulefat and other plants will reach 10-12 feet high after one year of unfettered growth. It is … Read more