Monthly Archives: February 2018

Feb 242018

San Diego Big Day (110 Birds in a Day!!!)

After packing up the car to begin our journey home this evening, we were excited to get our San Diego Big Day – eleven straight hours of birding – underway. It was a chilly morning once again, but thankfully the temperature quickly rose to 61 degrees by 11:00 AM, and the fierce winds of the […]

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Feb 222018

Vermillion Flycatcher (Birding the Mexican Border)

We rose before dawn to begin our “Birding the Border” tour today. But then, what serious birding trip doesn’t begin with the human species rousing themselves from sleep before the avian? Wind and chill temperatures throughout the day kept the bird numbers low according to our guides, but you could not have proved that by […]

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Feb 212018

Maine Birders in California (Day 5)

It was a chilly 39 degrees when we arrived at Lake Hodges for the “Dances with Grebes” guided walk. The grebes are Clark’s and Western’s. The western grebes do a courting ritual called ‘rushing’ that appears as dancing. We traveled down a winding trail, flat in placed and hilly in others through arid land with […]

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Feb 212018

Maine Birders in California (Day 3 and 4)

The last two days have been getting to and resting up for the San Diego Birding Festival . . . which starts on tomorrow on February 22. Yesterday we has an 8 hour drive from La Grange to San Diego . . . a trip through almond groves, towering mountains and big city traffic jams. […]

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Feb 192018

Maine Birders in California (Day 2)

On day #2 in La Grange, California . . . we got down to some serious Birding. (Day 1) Ingrid went on a hilly 6 mile run in the morning and got a lifer . . . a Mountain Bluebird. I spend a couple hours walking the roads and meadows near our son and his […]

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Feb 182018

Maine Birders in California (Day 1)

As another 8 inches of snow was bearing down on the Northeast, Ingrid and I were cuddled up together in the back row of a United 757 jetting to California. We landed about 10:00 pm, jumped in the rental car and immediately started retracing our steps . . . driving due east for two and […]

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