Whale Watching, Point Reyes (again) and Clear Lake

5/23Today we visited the Cesar Chavez National Monument. It was a very educational self-guided tour. We learned how Cesar, his wife, Helen, Dolores Huerta and Larry Itliong worked together to improve the working conditions and pay of farm laborers. “During the 1970s the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) grew and expanded from its early…

Point Reyes and Points South

5/19We were up at 4:30 to drive out to Point Reyes National Seashore and meet our guide, Daniel Detrich, owner of Point Reyes Safaris for a full day of wildlife tracking and photography. We met at 6:00 on the periphery of the park. We talked about our goals for the trip and then he handed…

Going Back to California

5/14After arriving in the Denver area we set about visiting several NWRs and other locations. First up was Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR where we drove the eleven-mile wildlife drive, and got out and walked around a large pond. At this pond we saw our very first canvasback and then another first, a western tanager. Other…

Escondido, California and the Trip Home

9/20This morning we drove to Lake Hodges to see the grebes. When we arrived we unpacked the tripods and long lenses and made the short hike down to the lake. It was early enough that the birds weren’t quite active yet, so we settled in and waited. There were maybe six grebes scattered in front…

Tucson and the Sky Islands

4/13Up and out by 6:30, we headed down to the Paton Center for Birds in Patagonia. We got an excellent photo of a lazuli bunting, loads of hummingbird pictures, Alan got a black-headed grosbeak, I got a rat, and we chatted with a few of the other birders. One, Debra Johnson, does what we do…

Big Bend and Beyond

4/9Today we visited Big Bend National Park. It was a long drive, but we got started at 4:30am, delayed by 2 potty stops. The first stop was Panther Junction Visitor Center where I asked about good birding spots. We’d already researched the locations, but I wanted the inside scoop. Cottonwoods Campground got added to our…