2021-05-08 SPI’s Friday Beaches

I spent much of my last day on South Padre Island on the sandy flat beach north of the Convention Centre. Until this day, I’d neglected this habitat for gulls, terns, skimmers and shorebirds, and I knew I’d find Black Terns there. I’ve met Black Terns in the Great Basin, but not here in Texas, … Read more

2021-05-02 SPI On A Sunday

I spent Sunday at South Padre Island (Texas) and couldn’t resist shooting flycatchers. For most of us interested in learning to identify birds, small flycatchers are among the most difficult groups of birds to identify in the field by sight alone. I enjoy the entire flycatcher family, but as we meet more of them, we … Read more

2021-04-18 SPI Sunday Bird Fallout, Round Two

Gone were the dense clouds and drizzling rain that plagued me early Saturday. The wind and the birds remained. There seemed to be even more birds on the island than yesterday. There were also more people. My first stop on the island was a brief visit to the Sheepshead Bird Sanctuary, where I captured respectable … Read more

2021-02-19 Bentsen RGVSP Again

I wanted to wait for my bicycle to finish up in the shop before I attempted more explorations of Bentsen Rio Grande State Park. South Texas has been hard hit with weather related dilemmas of late. The unusual cold we’ve been experiencing has degraded to cold with power outages. We lost power Saturday night, and … 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

2019-10-23 At The Boyce Thompson Arboretum

I let myself get behind in my posting. Since leaving the “BTA” I’ve completed two more photo safaris, but it took me longer than expected to organize the photos and stories for this visit. As I post this, I’m headed back to Poway to finalize my plans for an extended journey. I left Thatcher Arizona … 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

2017-08-17 Antelope Island (Part 1 of 4)

I fell in love with Antelope Island in the spring of 2015 when introduced by friends Ron and Mia, so when my new friend Joe suggested we spend the day there, neither Jerry or I protested. In fact, we followed up with a second visit the next day. Depending on the water level in the … Read more

2017-03-21 Poway Community Park

Starting my morning “constitutional” at Poway Community Park this day, I noticed  a Killdeer foraging in the now fast moving shallow water of Rattlesnake Creek. I liked the way the light played with the bird and the water, but stretching my legs was my mission, and I kept moving. I found a dozen or two American … Read more