2013-05-29 Palomar Mountain Birds

The locations I visited were the San Luis Rey Picnic Grounds off California State Route 76, East Grade Road on Palomar Mountain, Nate Harrison Road. Palomar Mountain resides near the northern boundary of San Diego County, and divides the watersheds of the San Luis Rey and the Santa Margarita River systems. It is a long … 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 Autumn On Santa Rosa Mountain

Within the span of one week I made two excursions to Santa Rosa Mountain in late August and early September in 2014. I’ve described this place several times in past posts, so I’ll forgo any lengthy descriptions here. For those readers not aware of these past accounts, please check out these links: 2014 June, 2015 … 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

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

2015-06-17 King City to Morro Bay

The reason I chose King City as my destination on the previous day was twofold. First I planned to drive over the Santa Lucia Mountains to the Big Sur coast on the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road, and the second reason was the hope to find Yellow-Billed Magpies, known to occupy the region. County or local community parks … Read more