2013-08-23 J-Street & Border Field

Two locations well worth visiting any time I’m in South San Diego Bay region are J-Street by Chula Vista’s Bayfront Park, and Border Field near the Mexican border. I spent several enjoyable hours at both these locations. I also made a stop at the Refuge Headquarters at the Tijuana Slough to visit my friend Brian … Read more

2013-06-24 Tijuana River Valley

My aim on this Monday morning was to enjoy the company of birds, whoever they may be. A good place to accomplish such a goal is the Tijuana River Valley. I stopped at the Bird and Butterfly Gardens after breakfast, but did not find any feathered friends compelling me to linger, so I drove out to … Read more

2013-06-13 Tijuana River Valley

I visited four places in the Tijuana River Valley on a Thursday mid-June morning. I started at the Bird and Butterfly Garden to be teased by Black-Throated Magpie-Jays. I followed with a bike ride to the Tijuana River Mouth where terns (Least & Forster’s) and plovers (Snowy) played in the sand and surf for me. … Read more

2013-05-15 Tijuana River Valley

My plan for this Wednesday morning was to explore the Tijuana River downstream from the Bird and Butterfly Garden and discover how far it would take me into the estuary. My traversable path ended before I reached the reserve where a ‘political’ boundary would have prevented further advance. Instead, it just petered out in a … Read more

2014-12-19 Santee Lakes

This post wraps up my retelling of stories from 2014. Tales of 2013 remain to be told, and I hope to spin those yarns soon. I know I’ve been pumping out these posts at an unusual pace. Once I sell my home and hit the road in my RV the posts should be only a … 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

2015-07-05 Santee Lakes

My friend and business partner’s second son was born on the Fourth of July last year and there was a birthday bash at Santee Lakes planned for this day noonish. I decided to go early and look for photo ops before the crowd arrived. Soon after I arrived to the space where the party was … Read more

2015-05-05 Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve

The Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve in Henderson Nevada near Las Vegas Nevada is a converted water treatment facility that now serves as a bird sanctuary. It lies north of Henderson next to the Las Vegas Wash and is composed of nine ponds with a network of trails that interweave along the levees that separate the … 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