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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #84

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions in Bird Watch on April 21, 2017 The Narina Trogon was named by the famous ornithologist, Le Vaillant, after a beautiful woman, Narina, with whom he shred a brief love affair during … Continue reading

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Wilderness Gardens Field Trip Report

HI Birders,   This morning April 22, sixteen birders hiked around Wilderness Gardens Preserve in Pala. The weather was really hot but we managed to find 38 bird species.  Lots of Acorn Woodpeckers, Hooded Orioles, Bullocks Orioles, and Phainopeplas. Good … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #83

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions in Bird Watch on April 14, 2017 A Taiwanese endemic, the White-Eared Sibia. Photo by Mohit Ghatak. There are nearly 100 species of Kingfishers found around the world. This is the Crested … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #82

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions in Bird Watch on April 7, 2017 As if birders and taxonomists don’t have enough diversity to deal with, males and females of the species Aguilucho or Variable Hawk both exist in … Continue reading

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Dairy Mart/Bird and Butterfly Gardens Trip Report

Good afternoon,  A group of 32 birders enjoyed sunny, mild weather to pick up 70 species.  For those of you that were there I miscounted by 10(oops).  Highlights incl a beautiful male Yellow-headed blackbird, male Rufous hummingbird, 7 species of … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #82

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions in Bird Watch on April 7, 2017 As if birders and taxonomists don’t have enough diversity to deal with, males and females of the species Aguilucho or Variable Hawk both exist in … Continue reading

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Mission Trails Bird Walk 4/8/2017

Splendid sparrows! Our Saturday walk at Mission Trails, 17 souls in attendance, resulted in 45 species. (The Great Blue Heron accommodated by flying over my car as I exited the parking lot.) Below is the full tally. Mission Trails Regional … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #81

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions in Bird Watch on March 31, 2017 A Barn Owl takes a rest from its nightly hunting duties. Photo by Ann Warner Spot-winged Tit by Shantanu Bhattacharya‎ The African Penguin is the … Continue reading

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Big Morongo April 29 / King Bed Reservations at Travelodge $108.29

Our Big Morongo Day is almost upon us. We have chosen a later weekend this year for the trip, so all the migrating birds that Big Morongo is famous for should be present. Amongst many more, these include Bullock’s Oriel, … Continue reading

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San Pasqual Valley Field Trip Results

Hi Birders, Yesterday, Saturday April 1, thirty-three birders checked out San Pasqual Valley. The weather was perfect. We found 47 bird species. Lot’s of Ibis and Orioles. Good look at a close-up Cattle Egret perched on a telephone pole. Most … Continue reading

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Inside Bird Conservation – April 2017

Chlorpyrifos on Track to Poison Birds and People for the Next 5 Years Chlorpyrifos, one of the most-used pesticides in the United States, has been killing birds and poisoning the environment for the past half-century. Because of those risks to wildlife … Continue reading

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Palomar Audubon March 25, 2017 Outing at Whelan Lake

Thirty-six birders generated Sixty-seven species on our annual spring count at Whelan Lake. It was a gorgeous day, not too hot as it sometimes can be. The barn owl was scrunched into his usual corner of the barn and was … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #80

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions in Bird Watch on March 24, 2017 The Wreathed Hornbill is also sometimes known as the Bar-pouched Wreathed Hornbill. Photo by Asim Halder An airborne encounter between two Whiskered Terns. Photo by … Continue reading

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2018 Proposed Federal Budget: Impact on Birds

President Trump’s proposed 2018 federal budget would gut major programs and protections for birds and America’s public lands, putting decades of conservation achievements at risk. With so much on the line, it’s imperative that we send Congress a loud, unmistakable … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #79

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions in Bird Watch on March 17, 2017 There is nothing in the world quite like the Osprey. This master of both land and sea has been given its own taxonomic grouping, the … Continue reading

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Lake Hodges Field Trip Report

Twenty birders enjoyed perfect weather and sightings of brightly colored Hooded and Bullock’s Orioles and a rare sighting of a Zone-tailed Hawk. Saw or heard the following 61 species: Gadwall Mallard Northern Shoveler Ruddy Duck California Quail Pied-billed Grebe Eared … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #78

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions in Bird Watch on March 10, 2017 A small, colourful, stubby tailed bird, the Indian Pitta can be seen (or more likely heard) hopping around the undergrouwth and Indian and Sri Lankan … Continue reading

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San Jacinto Wildlife Area–Upland Game Area, Mar 11, 2017 – Trip Report

Birders, We saw why the SJWA was closed to through traffic on Davis Road. A big muddy mess. We were able to bird along the road where there were some shallow ponds and then make a short hop over to … Continue reading

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