2013-10-29 Northern Waterthrush At Dairy Mart Ponds

I’d heard reports of a Northern Waterthrush at the ‘stick pond’ near Dairy Mart Road for at least a month. Having looked and failed to find this bird when on my 2005 Alaska expedition, I took a run at this warbler now in my backyard. I often wait too long to respond to ‘rarity reports’, … Read more

2013-05-03 Tijuana River Valley’s Dairy Mart Ponds

The Dairy Mart Ponds and the Bird and Butterfly Gardens are two well-known places along the Tijuana River for attracting unusual birds, especially during migrations. In the 1950s the dairy industry in San Diego County was booming. Growing up in during this era as I did, I can recall the dairy sponsored kids show hosted by … 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

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, not far from the Mexican border. The acreage has been heavily grazed. Recently acquired by an non-profit … Read more

2017-09-07 Central Oregon Coast

A study on “peeping” I awoke at the north end of Coos Bay (North Bend Oregon) to a dense fog, then drove out the Horsfall Beach road. A recommended trail around Bluebill Lake yielded a few birds: American Robin, Northern Flicker, Wrentit, Bushtit, American Crow, Song Sparrow, Eurasian Collared Dove, Steller’s Jay, Wood Duck hen, … Read more

2017-07-18 Twin Lakes Mammoth, Round Two

My plan for this day was to head out to the end of Lake Mary Road in Mammoth. There were several locations nearby where I thought I might find the Pine Grosbeak. On reflection, I’ve seen several birds on other outings in the Eastern Sierras on this trip I dismissed as Purple Finches, that I … Read more

2017-07-16 Twin Lakes Camp Birds, Mammoth California

Mammoth Creek connects a string of high elevation lakes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Starting above Skelton Lake (9,920′), it drains into Arrowhead Lake (9,690′), Lake Mary (8,920’), Lake Mamie (8,900’), and finally Twin Lakes (8,540′) which looks to be three bodies of water. I was informed I might find a Pacific Wren along Twin … Read more

2017-03-21 Poway Community Park

Starting my morning “constitutional” at Poway Community Park this day, I noticed  a Killdeer foraging in the now fast moving shallow water of Rattlesnake Creek. I liked the way the light played with the bird and the water, but stretching my legs was my mission, and I kept moving. I found a dozen or two American … Read more

2015-06-15 Eureka to Fort Ross

The images on display here were gathered while driving south from Eureka to Fort Ross via the Mattole Road in Humboldt County, California. The Mattole Road which leaves then rejoins US-101 south of Eureka and north of Weott in the ‘Avenue of Giants’ in Humboldt County California. It passes the westernmost point in the US … Read more

2015-06-09 Ken Denman Reserve

One of the most pleasant and personally rewarding episodes for me on this expedition was the stay I had with my nephew and his family in southern Oregon. I hadn’t really been able to spend time with Chris and his family until this visit. Chris did not know well his dad (my brother) and  now … Read more