2022-06-16 Thursday At Lake Lebarge

Rather than chase the same birds as I did Wednesday, I wanted to try for birds in an area yet unexplored by me. Lake Labarge, the subject of Robert Service’s epic poem “The Cremation of Sam McGee”, is but a few miles north of Whitehorse. After I finished my breakfast at Legends Restaurant, and under … Read more

2022-06-07 Two Nights at Watson Lake

If I would have had any cell reception after leaving the Fort Nelson area, I’d have parked at a wide spot along my route to Watson Lake. Since the work I do to prepare and submit my blogs requires the internet, I pushed onward, all the way to Watson Lake, the so-called “Gateway To The … Read more

2022-03-28 Two Days In Bandon

After leaving Port Orford Sunday morning (2022-03-27), I drove North and turned onto Cape Blanco Road and I found fields full of chaparral looking plants loaded with bright yellow flowers. I had to stop and take a picture for ID purposes and found that they are called Common Gorse. Had it not been for the … Read more

2022-03-09&10 Into Redwood Country

Since my last entry in this month’s journal, I’ve had two really amazing stops in Point Reyes and in Bodega Bay. As I pen these words, this morning I’m finishing up my third day and second night in Fort Bragg. I used my time here to finish weaving my Bodega Bay Yarn. I’ve been feeling … Read more

2022-03-04 Point Reyes

After driving all day up the coast and through San Francisco, Friday afternoon I pulled into Olema and booked into the RV Park there. Having driven all day from Carmel through gale-force winds and intermittent rain, I was glad to settle in a few miles from Point Reyes Seashore. I booked two nights and had … Read more

2021-04-20 SPI Tuesday’s Bright Sun

Addendum: I learned recently, with the help of more experienced birders, that the bird I identified as a Philadelphia Vireo was, in fact, a Warbling Vireo, and the guide I used for the original ID was misleading. Tuesday began with hardly a cloud in the sky, and barely a whisper of breeze. The crowds at … Read more

2021-02-06 Edinburg Scenic Wetlands

It takes a little over an hour of freeway driving to reach Edinburg (Texas) from my camp in Brownsville. The reserve encompasses 40 acres, but most of the trails available for exploring are within a 0.8 acre patch nearest the visitor center. Contained in this small section is almost a mile of trails winding through … Read more

2021-01-22 A Day at Estero Llano

Friday morning I launched out of my campsite on a mission to explore one of the crown jewels of birding in south Texas; Estero Llano Grande State Park, south of Weslaco. It was a little over an hour’s drive via the Military Road, which follows the Mexican border. I drove through a drizzling overcast sky, … Read more

2021-01-11 Quemado Roadside Birds

Less than two miles south from the small town of Quemado Texas, is a roadside rest stop, or picnic area, as Texas calls them. I found this location while on my first birding adventure in Texas. I met my first Carolina Wren and my first White-Eyed Vireo here in March 2020. The site is located … Read more

2021-01-02 Big Bend’s Ross Maxwell Drive

New Year’s Day and Saturday night, I stayed in Terlingua (Texas). I waited there until I could take advantage of my Sunday night reservations for camping in Cottonwood. Saturday morning I drove south to explore the southern reaches of Big Bend. I’d been to the Sam Nail Ranch last March (2020), while on the inbound leg … Read more