2012-08-23 Late Summer On Santa Rosa Mountain

Juvenile Western Bluebirds were fun to watch on this Thursday in late August while I visited Santa Rosa Mountain. I find these birds are at their most attractive as juveniles. Feathers are fresh, colors are crisp, and the birds are a little less shy. I found them downslope where the road crosses the Garnet Queen … Read more

2012-04-04 Memories of Mussey Grade in Ramona

Over the years I’ve had several friends who’ve lived along Mussey Grade in Ramona. When I was a boy, I can recall fishing trips with my dad to Lake San Vicente. We would drive down this road to where the road disappeared into the deep water of the lake and park, before renting a boat … 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

2013-03-26 Thrasher Hunt

County Road S-2, or the Great Southern Overland Stage Route, runs along the desert floor at the foot of the local San Diego mountains. The route is one of my favorites in the county. Scissors Crossing, where State Route 78 crosses, is a wonderful bird location. Here San Felipe Creek settles into a wide cienega … Read more

2014 Mid-October At Old Mine Road In Ranchita

I will remember 2014 as the year I met Lewis’s Woodpeckers for the first time, and while this account is not about that first meeting, this, the second meeting was my best. My very first encounter was two months earlier in August while visiting friends at June Lake in the Eastern Sierras. I enjoyed my … Read more

2014 Early April In Tecolote Canyon

I’d been hearing reports of a Swamp Sparrow at Tecolote Canyon for over a week from the local birding hotline. I don’t consider myself a ‘chaser’ like some folks who seem driven to be first on the block to put an unusual bird on their “list”. But waiting the week and still seeing reports, I … 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