Category Archives: CA birds

La Jolla Cliffs

We stopped for a brief visit, with many many tourists, in the beach town of La Jolla to look at the Brandt’s Cormorants nesting there. They pack the rocky cliffs oblivious to the folks gawking at them. Among the other … Continue reading

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Red-Shouldered Hawks

We have been visiting friends in San Diego who live right next to Balboa Park and have parking available — and nice birding from the backyard. One of the favorites is a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks who live nearby and … Continue reading

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On The Beach

South Carlsbad State Beach is a wonderful camping site — very popular and almost impossible to get into. I made reservations months ago for a beachside site. Here is what we see out our windows: We have watched California Grey … Continue reading

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A Verdin Nest

Recently, I mentioned our new-found interest in nesting birds. Yesterday, we were watching Verdins bounce from limb to limb singing away when I saw one scoot into a cactus and disappear. Another nest? Here’s the bunch of twigs we saw. … Continue reading

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Anza-Borrego Birds

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in California and after lots of recent rain, about to pop with wildflowers. Here are some of the early blooms as photographed by Sally. The sunrises and sunsets here are spectacular. … Continue reading

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Birds of Sequoia NP

I had several target birds on my list before we left for Sequoia National Park and While I didn’t do much serious birding, got all three on dog walks around the campground. The most obvious were Stellar’s Jays, a raucous … Continue reading

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Camping With Dane

Monday morning, Dane and I and our faithful Vizsla Penny launched for the long trip to Sequoia National Park. Several months ago I went online to look for possibilities for campsites and wanted the mountains because I feared the temperatures … Continue reading

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Some Western Birds

In addition to life birds, I have seen quite a variety of species as I’ve travelled. Many are those we see in the East as well such as this pretty tree sparrow from Wyoming.  Likewise, this wind-blown Northern Flicker is … Continue reading

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Anniversary Birds

Friday would have been our 54th anniversary so while it was a bittersweet day, I decided to start it off with some birding at San Eligo Lagoon, one of my favorite spots in the area. Penny and I hopped into … Continue reading

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Black and White

Here are two final birds from our California trip: a Black Phoebe and a Snowy Egret. I was surprised at how prevalent Black Phoebes were: in other areas like Texas they are around but I don’t think I’ve ever seen more than … Continue reading

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