2017-09-16 San Simeon and North

(as far north as I could go) I drove all day Friday. It was the longest day single day of driving for this entire trip (368 miles). I left early from my camp at Gray Lodge, had breakfast in Yuba City, then drove Highway 99 to Fresno where I got off on the 41. Further … 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

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

2017-04-20 Salton Sea and Ramer Lake

My visit to the Red Hill Marina Campsite was fun, but it was time to continue my journey to Arizona. Ramer Lake is another interesting bird location in the Salton Sea area and it is along the route that exits the region. This lake has numerous Islands within its boundaries suited to nesting waterfowl and … Read more

2017-02-11 The Rocky Islands: Boots On The Ground

This was an exciting day for us and would be our first contact with terra firma in three days. We’d travelled approximately halfway down the Baja peninsula. Our time on these rocky islands was brief. And while few expected ground-breaking science to precipitate this day, but I realized how eager all our members were to … Read more

2015-08-19 Saltworks and Shorebirds

Turn nesting is winding down now at the Saltworks, but the Snowy Plovers still have a few chicks, so there are sections in the southeast part of the reserve where care needed exercising to avoid harming the little fuzzballs. I petitioned to spend my time on the western perimeter, where the lighting is better than … Read more

2015-06-05 Klamath Falls

I pulled into Klamath Falls Oregon in the late afternoon on June 4th. After securing lodging and a meal I wandered down to Veteran’s Park next to Lake Ewauna and collected the birds there at the park shore. While capturing Ring-Billed Gulls, a Franklin’s Gull came in near enough that it was difficult to frame … 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

2015-03-16 Oceanside Harbor

I needed to get out, and I’d heard through the grapevine that Red-Throated Loons were present at the Oceanside Harbor channel. I pulled into the parking area at sunrise and as soon as I arrived at the rip-rap jetty I could see several of these birds who breed in the very high arctic, but they were … Read more