2015-07-02 Tijuana River-Border Field

On this day I ventured down to Tijuana River Valley looking for the reported Yellow-Throated Vireo I’d heard of there. I struck out on the vireo, but there was a dozen or so Black-Throated Magpie Jays at the Bird and Butterfly Garden to keep me entertained. Later I drove down to Border Field and took … Read more

2015-06-18 So Endeth The Journey

April 27, 2015 I departed my home in Poway for an expedition through eight western states, California to Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and back down the coast of California. The journey lasted 53 days and traversed over 5300 miles and concluded on June 18. Though I met about 160 bird species, these are … Read more

2015-06-17 King City to Morro Bay

The reason I chose King City as my destination on the previous day was twofold. First I planned to drive over the Santa Lucia Mountains to the Big Sur coast on the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road, and the second reason was the hope of finding the Yellow-Billed Magpies, known to occupy the region. County or local community … Read more

2015-06-16 Fort Ross to King City

I gathered the images displayed here during my drive from Fort Ross to King City. I got an early start out of Timber Cove and made my way down the coast to Bodega Bay, the town where Alfred Hitchcock made the 1963 classic “The Birds”. I decided to try a harbor view, and if found … Read more

2015-06-15 Eureka to Fort Ross

The images on display here were gathered while driving south from Eureka to Fort Ross via the Mattole Road in Humboldt County, California. The Mattole Road which leaves then rejoins US-101 south of Eureka and north of Weott in the ‘Avenue of Giants’ in Humboldt County California. It passes the westernmost point in the US … Read more

2015-06-14 Oregon Into California

I made my goodbyes to the family the night before I left Southern Oregon and I stopped in the town of Rouge River for breakfast. As with so many times on this trip, when I stop for gas or (as this day) for breakfast, I am often met with thee curious citizens inquiring about the … Read more

2015-06-11 Siskiyou Mountains

My drive through the Siskiyou Mountains followed National Forest Road 20 from the Applegate Valley, past Dutchman’s Peak (with a detour to the lookout station at it’s peak) and on to Mount Ashland and finally down to the town of Ashland Oregon. This road was no walk-in-the-park, but it provided some of the most spectacular … Read more

2015-06-10 Applegate Valley

Upper Applegate Road leaves Oregon Route 238 about 8 miles south from Jacksonville Oregon and continues to just past the California border above Applegate Lake. I traveled this day along this route until I reached the Applegate Dam and crossed over to explore some of the roads east of the lake on French Glen Road. … Read more

2015-06-09 Ken Denman Reserve

One of the most pleasant and personally rewarding episodes for me on this expedition was the stay I had with my nephew and his family in southern Oregon. I hadn’t really been able to spend time with Chris and his family until this visit. Chris did not know well his dad (my brother) and  now that … Read more

2015-06-05 Klamath Falls

I pulled into Klamath Falls Oregon in the late afternoon on June 4th. After securing lodging and a meal I wandered down to Veteran’s Park next to Lake Ewauna and collected the birds there at the park shore. While capturing Ring-Billed Gulls, a Franklin’s Gull came in near enough that it was difficult to frame … Read more