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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

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

2012-04-24 Chula Vista Again

Low tide was early on this Tuesday morning. The mudflats at J Street were alive with waterfowl and shorebirds. I don’t get as many opportunities as I’d like to spend time with Blue-Winged Teals, but this morning I was able to enjoy their company. Red Knots are some of the most well-travelled birds in the … 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

2017-08-17 Antelope Island (Part 1 of 4)

I fell in love with Antelope Island in the spring of 2015 when introduced by friends Ron and Mia, so when my new friend Joe suggested we spend the day there, neither Jerry or I protested. In fact, we followed up with a second visit the next day. Depending on the water level in the … Read more

2017-08-16 Bear River

After showing Jerry and me the Promontory Road raptors in the early morning, Joe took us out to the Bear River Migratory Bird Reserve. While I’d visited this area in the spring of 2015, there really isn’t a limit on visits to such places. It will offer different treats each time. For those who are … Read more

2017-08-13 Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve

This morning I found my way to the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. I visited here once before while doing my big intermountain trip in the Samurai (the one where I caught a blood clot in my lungs that almost killed me). That was an early spring expedition in 2015. The birds I met were either … Read more

2015-05-12 Two Days At Bear River

The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, west of Brigham City Utah is 80,000 acres of marsh, open water, uplands, and alkali mudflats. There is a one-way dirt track loop though the middle of it that offers some good view into the habitats where the Bear River drains into the Great Salt Lake. After my morning … Read more

2015-05-05 Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve

The Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve in Henderson Nevada near Las Vegas Nevada is a converted water treatment facility that now serves as a bird sanctuary. It lies north of Henderson next to the Las Vegas Wash and is composed of nine ponds with a network of trails that interweave along the levees that separate the … Read more