2013-01-31 Imperial Beach Hot Spots

South of San Diego Bay and north of the Tijuana River and the border with Mexico, lies the town of Imperial Beach. Both the bay and the river valley are productive bird finding areas. I started my day along the mudflats at the south end of the bay. The location is known locally as “7th … Read more

2014 Late November At The Salton Sea

By the time November ends at the Salton Sea, the waterfowl population explodes. Snow Geese numbers can reach 30,000. Sandhill Cranes numbers seem to be increasing in each passing season. Where once we felt lucky to see a half-dozen cranes, now it is not unexpected to see hundreds. Yet I spent only a brief afternoon … Read more

2014-10-21 Poe Road And The Salton Sea

When I drive to the Salton Sea from my home in San Diego County, I usually make Poe Road my first stop. Not only is it the first access road to the sea on the route I drive, it has provided me with some nice bird encounters over the years. One morning I met and … Read more

2014-03-05 Birding At Border Field

It’s a long walk from the designated parking area a few yards from the border with Mexico (hence the name “Border Field”) to reach the beach where the USA and Mexico meet the Pacific Ocean. I use a bicycle with 8” wide tires to carry me and my camera gear the mile or so down … Read more

2011-10-13 At The Salton Sea

Visits to the Salton Sea in Imperial County California rarely fail to yield nice visits with unusual birds. Some visits are more memorable than others. This October day in 2011 was a special day for me; it provided me with my first quality meeting with Laughing Gulls and the Thick-Billed Savannah Sparrow. Additionally other shorebirds, … Read more

2017-08-17&18 Antelope Island Gulls (Part 2 of 4)

I don’t often get opportunities to meet Franklin’s Gulls, so when they appear before me I’m compelled to chase them with my lens. There was a carpet of Brine Flies on the beaches and we were entertained with the feeding antics of the gulls. The stars of this sideshow were the California Gulls, but the … Read more

2015-06-05 Klamath Falls

I pulled into Klamath Falls Oregon in the late afternoon on June 4th. After securing lodging and a meal I wandered down to Veteran’s Park next to Lake Ewauna and collected the birds there at the park shore. While capturing Ring-Billed Gulls, a Franklin’s Gull came in near enough that it was difficult to frame … Read more

2015-06-03 Malheur NWR

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is located roughly 30 miles south of the town of Burns Oregon. I arrived in the afternoon after my mud-slinging drive down the BLM Access Road and I spent a few hours around the Visitor Center before driving into Burns, securing lodging and a meal, then hosing down the mess I made … Read more

2015-06-01 Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area

I’d been to the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area 14 years ago, but it was in the autumn and the area was silent of birds, but on this day there held the promise of raptor sightings. My friend Art and I drove out 76 miles to this place from his … Read more