2013-08-09 Agua Dulce Again

Agua Dulce Creek is a popular birding destination for the local San Diego birding community. On my way to visit this place I stopped first at the town center of Mount Laguna and met a Northern Flicker. Repeat visits to many locations is a good strategy for discovering new actors, new scripts and scores on … Read more

2013-05-29 Palomar Mountain Birds

The locations I visited were the San Luis Rey Picnic Grounds off California State Route 76, East Grade Road on Palomar Mountain, Nate Harrison Road. Palomar Mountain resides near the northern boundary of San Diego County, and divides the watersheds of the San Luis Rey and the Santa Margarita River systems. It is a long … Read more

2013-05-17 Ramona Grasslands Again

This was my second visit in 2013 to the Ramona Grasslands.  My first visit was a month earlier, and there were several new players on the stage for this act. The new players must have been hiding backstage if they were present during my last attendance here. It was a Friday morning, and I felt it … Read more

2013-05-01 Santa Margarita River Trail

The Santa Margarita River flows out of Riverside County, draining a basin 30 miles long, and crosses south into San Diego County, then west across Camp Pendleton and out to sea just north of Oceanside California. North of the town of Fallbrook, the river flows through a relatively wild canyon system (for southern California at … 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

2014-05-22 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

2017-08-19 Willard Bay

Willard Bay was a last-minute addition to our ad hoc tour schedule for the Salt Lake City area. Our time in this state park was all too brief. Even so, it produced for me a Gray Catbird, a bird I’d seen as a vagrant once two miles from my home in San Diego County, but … 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