2019-01-21 Sacramento and Colusa Refuges

Driving to see my family in Oregon, I took a little timeout to visit the reserves between Williams and Willows California (USA). The long interstate drive wore me down, especially the southern portion. I tried avoiding LA by skirting via the I-15 and Cajon Pass and crossing the high desert through Palmdale, but the plan … Read more

2012-08-01 Lindo Lake Solitary Strike-Out

I’m always late to chase. I’d heard a Solitary Sandpiper was present at Lindo Lake, and though the reports were merely days old, it was clear to all present the bird had ‘flown the coop’. Guy McCaskie even showed up this Wednesday and made it official … announcing the bird was gone. Yet again this … Read more

2012-05-17 San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park

I wanted to get my money’s worth from the one year pass to the zoo before it expired. My motivation to purchase the pass was the access I wanted to the nesting egrets and ibis at the Safari Park. On my walk through the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park this day I captured several … Read more

2014 Autumn In La Jolla

My dad and his three older sisters were born in La Jolla during the early 1900s. The village was a humble place in those times. Streets were cobblestone and homes were tiny by today’s standards. Sometime in the mid-1900s the village turned into town for the wealthy. Huge houses began replacing the quaint cottages of … 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

2017-09-15 Sacramento Valley Trifecta

  Sacramento NWR, Colusa NWR, Gray Lodge Wildlife Area The Sacramento NWR mostly had puddle ducks, with a few Raptors and herons. They have not flooded the fields, yet it looks like the preparations (grading and the weeding) have been done. Birds seen there were Great Blue Heron, Common Yellowthroat, Western Meadowlark, Northern Pintail, Cinnamon … Read more

2017-09-10 Mail Boat Ride Past Agnus (Plus Pistol River)

I parked Saturday night in a space along the main road going south out of Gold Beach. All day I’d been parked along the South Jetty, but it was questionable if I would get rousted in the night and asked to move. There were no signs at the place I’d been staying, but at the … Read more

2012-07-13 A ‘Ruff” Day At Famosa Slough

On Friday the 13th I had a scheduled errand to deliver a friend to the airport and launch her on a trip to the UK. After getting her there and helping with all the luggage issues, I decided on a Point Loma breakfast and later to visit the Famosa Slough. The early morning lighting there is … Read more