2013-05-21 Laguna Mountain Birds

The locations I visited during this expedition were Agua Dulce Creek and the visitor center in the town of Mount Laguna. The visitor center is often a good place to find birds attracted to the feeders here. I seem always to visit this place early in the morning. I don’t know what time they open, … Read more

2013-05-01 Santa Margarita River Trail

The Santa Margarita River flows out of Riverside County, draining a basin 30 miles long, and crosses south into San Diego County, then west across Camp Pendleton and out to sea just north of Oceanside California. North of the town of Fallbrook, the river flows through a relatively wild canyon system (for southern California at … Read more

2014-10-23 Autumn In Garner Valley

In the past I’ve written about my late June meetings with Pinyon Jays in Garner Valley, but on this autumn visit there were different avian hosts to entertain me. I spent most of my time along Morris Creek where it emerges from the chaparral-covered slopes onto the valley floor and meets the larger valley below. … Read more

2014-05-22 March Yard Birds

March 2014 brought a Cassin’s Vireo into my yard and I was able to capture respectable images. Hutton’s Vireos are regular visitors to the oak trees on my property, but other vireos are rarely seen here. The Cassin’s was a treat. Of the other birds presented in the gallery below, Western Wood Pewees visit me … Read more

2017-10-27 A Week At Southeast County

As a part of project to study the inland wetlands of San Diego County, the San Diego Natural History Museum’s science team spent the week at a property in the southeast county located east of La Posta Road, not far from the Mexican border. The acreage has been heavily grazed. Recently acquired by an non-profit … Read more

The Bridled Titmouse Cutout

The Bridled Titmouse is a sharp dresser. Certainly he carries a more decorative attire than any of his cousins. Like its cousins the Oak and the Juniper Titmouse, this bird is attracted to oak and juniper woodlands or sometimes riparian areas. The Bridled Titmouse is often found in communal groups. It is not uncommon for the communal … Read more

Juniper Titmouse

Formerly called the Plain Titmouse, the Oak Titmouse and the Juniper Titmouse are now considered separate species. The Oak Titmouse is a resident in California and exist in very limited areas outside its borders. The Juniper Titmouse is resident east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and into Great Basin and the southern Rocky Mountains. Living … Read more

2015-03 First Week In March

I’ve spent waaaaay too much time of late working on organizing the new shadeTreeImaging.com website. I got a couple of very brief outings and got these images. The images in this set were gathered at Aqua Tibia on the north slope of Palomar Mountain, and at Robb Field in Ocean Beach near the mouth of … Read more