2012-08-29 Exploring Lake Hodges

It was a Wednesday near the end of August and I took a mid-morning trip to Lake Hodges, not knowing what birds I might meet. I rode my bike out a point on the shore where I could sit elevated over the water and enjoyed the comings-and-goings of creatures in the area. Although I was … Read more

2013-10-29 Northern Waterthrush At Dairy Mart Ponds

I’d heard reports of a Northern Waterthrush at the ‘stick pond’ near Dairy Mart Road for at least a month. Having looked and failed to find this bird when on my 2005 Alaska expedition, I took a run at this warbler now in my backyard. I often wait too long to respond to ‘rarity reports’, … Read more

2013-05-29 Palomar Mountain Birds

The locations I visited were the San Luis Rey Picnic Grounds off California State Route 76, East Grade Road on Palomar Mountain, Nate Harrison Road. Palomar Mountain resides near the northern boundary of San Diego County, and divides the watersheds of the San Luis Rey and the Santa Margarita River systems. It is a long … 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

2013-05-01 Santa Margarita River Trail

The Santa Margarita River flows out of Riverside County, draining a basin 30 miles long, and crosses south into San Diego County, then west across Camp Pendleton and out to sea just north of Oceanside California. North of the town of Fallbrook, the river flows through a relatively wild canyon system (for southern California at … Read more

2014-10-21 Poe Road And The Salton Sea

When I drive to the Salton Sea from my home in San Diego County, I usually make Poe Road my first stop. Not only is it the first access road to the sea on the route I drive, it has provided me with some nice bird encounters over the years. One morning I met and … Read more

2017-08-14 Bicknell Bottoms

I’ve not been able to keep up with my reports from this trip due to the hectic pace I’ve had to keep this past week. I plan to get caught up in the next few days. I first visited Bicknell Bottoms in the Spring of 2015. I so enjoyed the time I spent in the … Read more

2015-05-27 Bitterroot Valley, Days 4 and 5

Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge near Stevensville Montana in the Bitterroot Valley sits along the Bitterroot River about 25 miles from where it empties into the Clark Fork River in Missoula. There are grassy fields, small lakes, meandering streams, marshes and riparian areas. Great Blue Herons nest in the taller trees. Ospreys nest on erected … Read more

2015-02-01 Tijuana River Valley

I decided to head back down to the Tijuana River Valley this ‘Superbowl Sunday” to look for rare birds. I sorta struck out on some, but found some semi-rare birds I hadn’t expected. The Common Goldeneye at the Dairy Mart ‘Stick Pond’ did not pose well, but I took some ID quality shots anyway. While … Read more