2017-09-16 San Simeon and North

(as far north as I could go) I drove all day Friday. It was the longest day single day of driving for this entire trip (368 miles). I left early from my camp at Gray Lodge, had breakfast in Yuba City, then drove Highway 99 to Fresno where I got off on the 41. Further … Read more

2017-09-15 Sacramento Valley Trifecta

  Sacramento NWR, Colusa NWR, Gray Lodge Wildlife Area The Sacramento NWR mostly had puddle ducks, with a few Raptors and herons. They have not flooded the fields, yet it looks like the preparations (grading and the weeding) have been done. Birds seen there were Great Blue Heron, Common Yellowthroat, Western Meadowlark, Northern Pintail, Cinnamon … Read more

2017-07-07 and 09 Lower Rock Creek

Friday morning (7/7) I chased (but missed) my friend Steve Brad’s Indigo Bunting. He’d been visiting the region in the weeks prior to my departure. I’m reasonably certain I was in the correct location, but the bird was not cooperating. There were other birds to entertain me here (American Robin, Lesser Goldfinch, Lawrence’s Goldfinch, Rock … Read more

2017-04-26,27,28 Mount Lemmon: Three Days and Two Nights On Sky Island Heaven

Early Wednesday morning I set off to visit Mount Lemmon using instructions for locating birds on the mountain, from local birder, Liz Harrison. Her instructions were invaluable and gave me landmarks to look for in finding these birding locations. My first stop was at Molino Basin Campground. I enjoyed some nice birds there, though these … Read more

Spotted Towhee

Formerly called the “Rufous-sided Towhee”, the Spotted Towhee and the were split into their own distinct species in 1995. Here in the Western USA our companion bird is the Spotted Towhee. It is perhaps the most handsome resident bird in my neighborhood. When viewed from on close, it’s rich ruby eyes contrast with the midnight black … 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

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