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

2014-11-30 Cattle Call Park

Cattle Call Park in Brawley California is rodeo arena at the western edge of town. Unusual birds will occasionally make an appearance here. My only meeting with a Gray Flycatcher was at this location. What makes this place ‘birdy’ is its proximity to the New River, a ditch of muddy water draining out of Mexicali … Read more

2014-02-26 Tubb Canyon Trail

I’d heard recent reports of interesting birds sighted near Tubb Canyon, and never having visited this place before, I was eager to explore it. I do not recall what bird was reported, and it does not matter. I very much enjoyed those birds that shared their space and time with me. Montezuma Grade descends the … Read more

2017-06-17~20 Cottonwood Springs (Part 2)

On my previous post I shared images of the players in the Rat Theater, but I also had some nice avian encounters during this expedition. Mockingbirds, Mourning Doves and House Finches were numerous at the water hole in the front yard of the house we’d been provided by the park services. We had Say’s Phoebes, … Read more

2017-04-19 Salton Sea at Bowles Road Overlook

The Bowles Road overlook is on the southeastern shore of the Salton Sea. I found this location many years ago when exploring the edges of the sea from another favorite location at Lack and Lindsay Roads. The level of the sea was higher at the time I found this place, but even now the road … Read more