2012-11-14 Osprey vs. Ravens in Poway

One Wednesday morning I spotted an Osprey perched on the utility pole in my yard. It was dining on a fish caught at my neighbor’s nearby ponds by Beeler Creek. Raptors often use this pole to survey the western slope of the small hillside west of my house. Red-Shouldered Hawks are the most common occupants, … Read more

2012-08-29 Exploring Lake Hodges

It was a Wednesday near the end of August and I took a mid-morning trip to Lake Hodges, not knowing what birds I might meet. I rode my bike out a point on the shore where I could sit elevated over the water and enjoyed the comings-and-goings of creatures in the area. Although I was … 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 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

2017-09-16 San Simeon and North

(as far north as I could go) I drove all day Friday. It was the longest day single day of driving for this entire trip (368 miles). I left early from my camp at Gray Lodge, had breakfast in Yuba City, then drove Highway 99 to Fresno where I got off on the 41. Further … Read more

2017-09-10 Mail Boat Ride Past Agnus (Plus Pistol River)

I parked Saturday night in a space along the main road going south out of Gold Beach. All day I’d been parked along the South Jetty, but it was questionable if I would get rousted in the night and asked to move. There were no signs at the place I’d been staying, but at the … Read more

2017-09-09 South to Gold Beach Oregon

Having booked a ticket on the Mail Boat for the 108 mile white water of the Rogue River, I had a whole day to look for subjects to satisfy my “bird-tooth”. I did not have to go far, only a quarter mile to the South Jetty of the Rogue River mouth. Dozens of Osprey were … Read more

2017-08-31 Abert Lake And The Road To Klamath Falls

After my adventures at the Malheur NWR, I left Burns Oregon, heading east on US-20 and continued my zigzagging journey across southern Oregon. Reaching Riley Oregon, I turned south on US-395, a highway I’m rather fond of, though this section of the highway is new to me. A little further south at Lake Abert I … 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