2017-08-19 Willard Bay

Willard Bay was a last-minute addition to our ad hoc tour schedule for the Salt Lake City area. Our time in this state park was all too brief. Even so, it produced for me a Gray Catbird, a bird I’d seen as a vagrant once two miles from my home in San Diego County, but … Read more

2017-07-18 Twin Lakes Mammoth, Round Two

My plan for this day was to head out to the end of Lake Mary Road in Mammoth. There were several locations nearby where I thought I might find the Pine Grosbeak. On reflection, I’ve seen several birds on other outings in the Eastern Sierras on this trip I dismissed as Purple Finches, that I … Read more

2017-07-16 Twin Lakes Camp Birds, Mammoth California

Mammoth Creek connects a string of high elevation lakes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Starting above Skelton Lake (9,920′), it drains into Arrowhead Lake (9,690′), Lake Mary (8,920’), Lake Mamie (8,900’), and finally Twin Lakes (8,540′) which looks to be three bodies of water. I was informed I might find a Pacific Wren along Twin … Read more

2016-08-30&31 Springs at Santa Rosa Mountain

I’ve posted about my favorite place on the planet before: the Springs on Santa Rosa Mountain. This outing was the first time I’ve brought another photographer with me. Jerry and I drove up the long, rough road from the hellacious furnace in the desert valley below where 113°F oppressed us. Jerry expressed an interest in … Read more

Yellow Warbler Cutout

Yellow Warblers are one of three summer warblers I commonly encounter near my house, but they are scarce in the winter. Orange-Crowned Warblers and Common Yellowthroats are the other members of this summer trio, but these two are present near me year round. Eye level views of the Yellow Warbler are difficult to get. These birds … Read more

2016-05-08 Sunday In The Eastern Sierras

I had a big day taking pictures this day. It began when I reached Mono Lake’s western edge. I saw a flycatcher that flew off before I got my camera ready, but I noticed Cassin’s Finches feeding on a large tree near to the parking area. Lots of finches were in this tree. As I collected images, I discovered that many … Read more

2015-08-13 Santa Rosa Mountain

I’ve worked as a photographer with the San Diego Natural History Museum (SDNHM) since 2010 on a project called the San Jacinto Resurvey. The goal of this project is to follow an important study done 100 years ago by Joseph Grinnell, Harry Swarth, Walter Taylor, and Charles Richardson on the biology of the lands between the … Read more

2015-02-15 Daley Ranch and Pamo Valley

On this weekend I made two excursions. Saturday found me on a reserve just north of Escondido called The Daley Ranch, located in a high valley in the northern part of town near Dixon Lake. Due to some camera problems, I was only able to capture images very early in the morning. I’m sure to … Read more