2013-08-23 J-Street & Border Field

Two locations well worth visiting any time I’m in South San Diego Bay region are J-Street by Chula Vista’s Bayfront Park, and Border Field near the Mexican border. I spent several enjoyable hours at both these locations. I also made a stop at the Refuge Headquarters at the Tijuana Slough to visit my friend Brian … Read more

2013-07-24 Saltworks & Imperial Beach

Wednesdays are set aside for accepting guests as part of the nesting tern surveys at the Saltworks section of the San Diego Bay NWR. I’ve had to good fortune to gain the friendship and confidence of key members of the biology team charged with monitoring this sensitive habitat. Belding’s Savannah Sparrows, Snowy Plover, Least Terns, … Read more

2013-04-04 Border Field And The Tijuana River Mouth

Weekday visits to Border Field, at the extreme southwestern corner of the USA, requires a long walk. It is over a mile from the parking area to the sandy beach, and another ¾ mile north along the beach to reach the Tijuana River Mouth. I use a specially equipped fat-tire electric bicycle to transport myself … Read more

2013-03-24 Surfbirds At The Mission Bay Jetty

Good image captures of Surfbirds were a source of frustration for me until this day. These shorebirds are not rare during the winter season in San Diego County, but I’d not had any meaningful encounters. I read a report about a sighting at the rock jetty at the mouth of Mission Bay. I’d not visited … Read more

2014-09-23 At The San Luis Rey River Mouth

The still and brackish waters at the mouth of the San Luis Rey River in Oceanside California can be attractive to migratory birds passing by on their southbound route from the far north. The stream only pours into the sea during heavy rains. Most of the year it stalls at the sand berm that separates … Read more

2014 Early August Around Mono Lake

During my stay with friends Carmine and Mark at June Lake California, I made several excursions in the surrounding area’s well known (and some not so well known) scenic attractions. Below are my recollections about the times I spent in the Mono Lake basin. The entire region is laced with evidence of a volcanic past. … Read more

2014 Late July At The Salton Sea

Whoever said ‘you must suffer for your art’ must have been thinking about photographing birds at the Salton Sea in mid-summer. Temperatures here often elevate to over 115°F in the shade. Standing in the midday sun, trying to catch an image, is a test of one’s endurance, fortitude, patience and sanity. Not that the birds … 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

2017-08-13 Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve

This morning I found my way to the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. I visited here once before while doing my big intermountain trip in the Samurai (the one where I caught a blood clot in my lungs that almost killed me). That was an early spring expedition in 2015. The birds I met were either … 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