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2020-05-27 Arivaca Cienega

After my visit to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum on Tuesday morning, I drove south 170 miles to Arivaca. The route I chose was not conventional and I passed through Three Points where AZ-86 connects to AZ-286 and headed south towards Sasabe. I turned east on the Arivaca-Sasabe Road and traversed this rough, pot-hole ridden road … Read more

2020-05-15: The Bosque at Tingley Beach

My friend Jerry Goffe retired from his forensic photography business a few years ago and devoted his time to teaching and volunteering as a docent at just about every nature organization in and around Albuquerque, including Bosque del Apache, the Rio Grande Nature Center, the local zoo, and currently the Botanical Garden at Albuquerque’s BioPark. … Read more

Memories of Bitter Lake NWR, New Mexico

After four days on the road from Brownsville, I followed the Pecos River upstream from Texas and crossed into New Mexico on Sunday, May 10th of 2020, and found a Walmart parking lot in Roswell where I boondock camped for the night. My Texas travelling was rewarding on so many levels, but now all that … Read more

Memories of Ramona Grasslands

There is a broad grassy valley running west from the Ramona Airport through Highland Valley. The County of San Diego has seen fit to make a preserve of the land to protect threatened species such as Burrowing Owls and the Stephens’ Kangaroo Rat. Much of the preserve is out-of-bounds for public access. But near the … Read more

2013-06-15 Milk Ranch Road

I parked at the staging area ten miles south of Julian California where Milk Ranch Road  meets Route-79. The path I traveled on my bike is displayed on a map saved in the gallery below. Before I parked and took my bike out on the Los Vaqueros Trail, I spotted my first surprise bird of … Read more

2013-05-17 Ramona Grasslands Again

This was my second visit in 2013 to the Ramona Grasslands.  My first visit was a month earlier, and there were several new players on the stage for this act. The new players must have been hiding backstage if they were present during my last attendance here. It was a Friday morning, and I felt it … Read more

2013-05-08 Lake Hodges Passerines

There are trails around Lake Hodges well suited to hiking and biking. I drove to the community sports park off West Bernardo Drive this Wednesday morning to look for Blue Grosbeaks. I knew them to nest in the area. I was able to locate several pairs of this chaparral loving species on my bike explorations … Read more

Blue Grosbeak (Bird Of The Day)

Introducing a new series Its been on my mind to recently that I could do a better job of bringing attention to some of the birds in my Bird Gallery. What I plan is a series that I will call “Bird For Today”. This is the first posting on this series. Many scientists consider the Blue Grosbeak … Read more