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

2013-05-05 Nesting at the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park

I returned to the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park this Sunday morning to spend time with the free range birds that exploit the facilities here for nesting. I was not disappointed with my timing, as I was on my two visits early in the season. Egrets, ibis, coots and other birds were engaged in rearing … Read more

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

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

2017-09-10 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

2017-08-11 Salton Sea Sunsets

Choosing to add a few more “features” to my RV delayed the launch of my expedition into the inter-mountain west. I might have taken Interstate 15 on my way to Salt Lake, as that would have been the preferred track of my guidance system, but a reported a one hour traffic delay only 50 miles … Read more

2017-05-15 South San Diego Bay

I obligated myself to providing a ride for a friend to the San Diego airport and thought it might be worthwhile to stick my nose into some of my old South Bay birding haunts. My first stop on this morning was at Chula Vista Bayfront Park off J Street. I arrived at the near minimum … Read more

2017-02-20 Hiking Isla Clarion’s Southern Shore

  I spent the day hiking on Clarion Island’s southern flanks. Most of the rest of the passengers on the voyage visited these locations on the previous afternoon while I stayed aboard to rest and recuperate. I walked east from our landing, past the rocky shore where shorebirds were much too shy for my camera … Read more

2017-02-12 Isla Santa Margarita

We left Isla Asuncion late in the afternoon and while we slept, the captain and crew drove all night towards our next destination: Isla Santa Margarita, ¾ the way down the Baja peninsula. The original plan for this journey was to spend a day and a half at Bahia Magdalena and Isla Magdalena, but a … 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