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2019-08-12 Day Two in Crescent City

Time to wave goodbye to Crescent City and get moving south again. I expanded my awareness of the surrounding coastline yesterday, but still the harbor drew me back. It was a beautiful day, and though I didn’t meet as many new birds I might have hoped for, I enjoyed those I encountered, and all the … Read more

2019-08-09 Brookings and the Smith River Mouth

On this Friday I drove from Medford Oregon to Brookings Oregon southwest along US-199 into California and then north on US-101 back into Oregon. US-199 starts in the Rogue Valley in Grants Pass Oregon and reaches the northern coast of California near Crescent City. The drive takes its travellers down the Smith River through a … Read more

2012-08-01 Lindo Lake Solitary Strike-Out

I’m always late to chase. I’d heard a Solitary Sandpiper was present at Lindo Lake, and though the reports were merely days old, it was clear to all present the bird had ‘flown the coop’. Guy McCaskie even showed up this Wednesday and made it official … announcing the bird was gone. Yet again this … Read more

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

2017-09-07 Central Oregon Coast

A study on “peeping” I awoke at the north end of Coos Bay (North Bend Oregon) to a dense fog, then drove out the Horsfall Beach road. A recommended trail around Bluebill Lake yielded a few birds: American Robin, Northern Flicker, Wrentit, Bushtit, American Crow, Song Sparrow, Eurasian Collared Dove, Steller’s Jay, Wood Duck hen, … Read more

2017-02-17 Isla Socorro, A Day At The Beach

Yesterday was a big day exploring the higher elevations on Isla Socorro. To investigate as much diversity as possible, we visited a beach on the opposite side of the island where the sheep never grazed. The crew found a small cove for us to explore on the northern tip of the island. We travelled along … 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

2015-08-05 Saltworks

Having spent way too much time of late at the computer rebuilding my website, it was important that I get out to the field. Since Wednesday was a Saltworks day, I requested permission to join the team for a tour. Unlike last month’s tour, on this day the team consisted of three; Brian, Robert and … Read more