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2020-02-29 & March 1 At Mesilla Valley

Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park proved to be the best birding location in the Las Cruces area for my friend Jerry and I. I scouted the park briefly on Friday, spent a solo day there on Saturday, and accompanied Jerry there on Sunday. The drive to the park on Sunday provided a brief encounter with … Read more

Memories of Ramona Grasslands

There is a broad grassy valley running west from the Ramona Airport through Highland Valley. The County of San Diego has seen fit to make a preserve of the land to protect threatened species such as Burrowing Owls and the Stephens’ Kangaroo Rat. Much of the preserve is out-of-bounds for public access. But near the … Read more

Catching Up With Old Friends

I met my friend Linda in 1978 while I was living in Missoula Montana. Without going into too many details, it was one of the most interesting periods in my life. Music occupied a huge part of my daily existence and I had a lot of fun playing with friends there. Music was a means … Read more

2013-05-17 Ramona Grasslands Again

This was my second visit in 2013 to the Ramona Grasslands.  My first visit was a month earlier, and there were several new players on the stage for this act. The new players must have been hiding backstage if they were present during my last attendance here. It was a Friday morning, and I felt it … Read more

2014 At The Ramona Grasslands

Just inland from where I live in Poway California, and 900 feet higher in elevation, sits the community of Ramona California. This high valley historically has been an agricultural area, but like everywhere else in southern California, the pressure by humanity to build more housing is turning it into a bedroom community. Fortunately, there are … Read more

2017-10-27 A Week At Southeast County

As a part of project to study the inland wetlands of San Diego County, the San Diego Natural History Museum’s science team spent the week at a property in the southeast county located east of La Posta Road, near to the Mexican border. The acreage has been heavily grazed. Recently acquired by an non-profit organization … Read more

2017-06-17~20 Cottonwood Springs (Part 2)

On my previous post I shared images of the players in the Rat Theater, but I also had some nice avian encounters during this expedition. Mockingbirds, Mourning Doves and House Finches were numerous at the water hole in the front yard of the house we’d been provided by the park services. We had Say’s Phoebes, … Read more

2016-10-13 Pinyon Wells Critters

I recently posted about the trip I took last week to Pinyon Wells in Joshua Tree National Park with the Bird and Mammal Department of the San Diego Natural History Museum. I fell short of fully describing the animals we encountered. I wasn’t able to document with my camera, all the creatures we met out … Read more

2016-10-07 Joshua Tree Park: Birds Too!

Though the main course on the menu for my outing to Joshua Tree National Park wore fur, when feathers showed up I had to take a bite or two. I did not take a lot of pictures of House Finches, but there were an unbelievable number of them all day. The yard in front of … Read more

2015-05-06 Zion National Park

After I left Henderson I got through Las Vegas as efficiently as I could manage (no easy feat). I drove about 135 miles north on I-15 to Saint George Utah for the night. The next morning I headed to Zion National Park, a little more than an hour’s drive away. I stopped at will along … Read more