2014 Early August Around Mono Lake

During my stay with friends Carmine and Mark at June Lake California, I made several excursions in the surrounding area’s well known (and some not so well known) scenic attractions. Below are my recollections about the times I spent in the Mono Lake basin. The entire region is laced with evidence of a volcanic past. … Read more

2011-10-13 At The Salton Sea

Visits to the Salton Sea in Imperial County California rarely fail to yield nice visits with unusual birds. Some visits are more memorable than others. This October day in 2011 was a special day for me; it provided me with my first quality meeting with Laughing Gulls and the Thick-Billed Savannah Sparrow. Additionally other shorebirds, … Read more

2017-09-09 South to Gold Beach Oregon

Having booked a ticket on the Mail Boat for the 108 mile white water of the Rogue River, I had a whole day to look for subjects to satisfy my “bird-tooth”. I did not have to go far, only a quarter mile to the South Jetty of the Rogue River mouth. Dozens of Osprey were … Read more

2017-08-17&18 Antelope Island Gulls (Part 2 of 4)

I don’t often get opportunities to meet Franklin’s Gulls, so when they appear before me I’m compelled to chase them with my lens. There was a carpet of Brine Flies on the beaches and we were entertained with the feeding antics of the gulls. The stars of this sideshow were the California Gulls, but the … Read more

2017-07-12 Mono Lake Birds

This morning I headed toward Sonora Pass. California Route 108 traverses the Sierra Nevada range from the Gold Country on the west to the eastern Sierras near Bridgeport. The road from June Lake passes Lee Vining and Mono Lake. There is a roadside picnic area at the northwestern shore of Mono Lake where I’ve found … Read more

2017-02-12 Isla Santa Margarita

We left Isla Asuncion late in the afternoon and while we slept, the captain and crew drove all night towards our next destination: Isla Santa Margarita, ¾ the way down the Baja peninsula. The original plan for this journey was to spend a day and a half at Bahia Magdalena and Isla Magdalena, but a … 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 pretty good view into the habitats where the Bear River drains into the Great Salt Lake. After my … Read more

2015-05-10 Two Days At Antelope Island

One of the true high points of this trip was Antelope Island State Park, north of Salt Lake City in Utah. This is a very compelling place with LOTS to see. Repeat visits are highly recommended. The nearest town to the entrance to this place is Ogden Utah, where I chose to stay during my … Read more