2012-06-10 A Weekend in Idyllwild

I spent an early June weekend with my ex in Idyllwild, a quaint little town nestled a mile high under the peaks of San Jacinto Mountain. Idyllwild has shopping for artsy stuff scattered around the center of town, which appeals to my ex, and nearby restaurants and scenery which appeals to me. There are trails … Read more

2013-06-15 Milk Ranch Road

I parked at the staging area ten miles south of Julian California where Milk Ranch Road  meets Route-79. The path I traveled on my bike is displayed on a map saved in the gallery below. Before I parked and took my bike out on the Los Vaqueros Trail, I spotted my first surprise bird of … Read more

2013-05-21 Laguna Mountain Birds

The locations I visited during this expedition were Agua Dulce Creek and the visitor center in the town of Mount Laguna. The visitor center is often a good place to find birds attracted to the feeders here. I seem always to visit this place early in the morning. I don’t know what time they open, … Read more

2014 Mid-October At Old Mine Road In Ranchita

I will remember 2014 as the year I met Lewis’s Woodpeckers for the first time, and while this account is not about that first meeting, this, the second meeting was my best. My very first encounter was two months earlier in August while visiting friends at June Lake in the Eastern Sierras. I enjoyed my … Read more

2014 Early August With Birds at June Lake

I am fortunate to have generous friends willing to welcome me into their homes as I travel. My friends Carmen and Mark have a house at June Lake California. I spent the second week of April 2014 with them, running down birds in some of the most beautiful settings that the region has to offer. … Read more

2014 Early June On Santa Rosa Mountain

I never grow tired of visiting Santa Rosa Mountain, a sky island in southern Riverside County California, a stone’s throw from the border with San Diego County. Part of me connects to this place because of memories of visiting here with my dad in the early 1970s, and camping in Steve Ragsdale’s cabin (now gone) … Read more

2014-03-12 Mount Laguna & Lindo Lake

The town of Mount Laguna, at an elevation of 6000 feet, sits along the scenic “Sunrise Highway” in the mountains of San Diego County. It has a store, restaurant, cabins for rent, and campgrounds. Near these, in the middle of ‘town’ is the Laguna Mountain Visitor Center, where bird feeders attract many of the local … 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

2017-09-08 South From Bandon Oregon

As I was finishing my last blog entry from the South Jetty in Bandon, the rocks filled up with Western Sandpipers who had loafing on their minds. It was about an hour before high tide and whatever food was to be had, would have been consumed by now. The birds, nearly 200 in number, needed … 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