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Lake Murray Field Trip Report

Hi Everyone, The Saturday July 1 field trip at Lake Murray was attended by thirteen birders. We had great weather, overcast and cool. We found 37 species. Best birds were close-up looks at a couple of California Thrashers, several California … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #93

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions in Bird Watch on June 23, 2017 Whitebreasted Cormorants rely heavily on freshwater ecosystems. Photo by Owen Deutsch Photography Spotted Owlets have adapted to human landscape and are often found in cities … Continue reading

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Palomar Mountain SP Field Trip Results

Hi Birders, On Saturday June 24, fourteen birders walked the Doane Pond Nature Trail at Palomar Mountain State Park. The weather was pretty warm, there were lots of annoying flies, and the trail was challenging due to felled trees and … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #92

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions in Bird Watch on June 16, 2017 Slaty-headed parakeets exhibit altitudinal migration; they move down to the warmer valleys of the Himalayas for the chilly winter. Photo by Awais Ali Sheikh. Although … Continue reading

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Rancho Cuyamaca Field Trip Results

Hi Friends, On Saturday June 17, twelve birders walked the Azalea Springs Trail at Rancho Cuyamaca State Park. The weather was very warm, but a cool breeze and an energetic fun group gave us a productive field trip. We found … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #91

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions in Bird Watch on June 9, 2017 The Coppersmith Barbet gets its name from its metronomic call that sounds like a coppersmith striking metal with a hammer. Photo by Sanjoy Adak. Black-Tailed … Continue reading

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Laguna Mtns.–Agua Dulce Creek, Jun 10, 2017 Trip Report

Birders, It was a beautiful sunny, breezy and cool day, a welcome change from prior years. For many of us the Lawrence’s Goldfinches were the highlight of the day. My impression was that we didn’t see a lot of birds, … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #90

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions in Bird Watch on June 2, 2017 The Common Tailorbird is known for its incredible nests made from pieces of grass carefully sewn together. Photo by Debarpan Datta. The Wood Duck is … Continue reading

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William Heise / Santa Ysabel Mission Trip Report

Twenty-five birders joined us for this walk in the mountains on a warm clear day. We were able to find a Purple Martin again, but did not find the Black-chinned Sparrow for the 2nd year in a row. Trysten reported … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #89

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions on May 26, 2017 The slaty-headed parakeet has a wide range throughout the Himalayas. Photo by Dhairya Jhaveri‎ The Shrikes’ genus name, Lanius, is derived from the Latin word for “butcher”, and … Continue reading

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Sweetwater River Gorge Trip Report

20 birders enjoyed a leisurely walk around this lush riparian area. A heavy overcast kept things kinda of quiet but we still had 43 species. Highlight was a Dusky flycatcher. See list below. Thanks, Michael Beeve Mallard California Quail Great … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #88

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions in Bird Watch on May 19, 2017 Greater Roadrunners spend most of their lives on the ground hunting lizards, small mammals, and birds. Photo by Leslie Reagan The Tui is endemic to … Continue reading

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Lindo Lake Trip Report

Here is the tally from our stroll around Lindo Lake(s) last Saturday, 5/20. There were approximately 14 attendees on a very warm morning. Subject: eBird Report – Lindo Lake , May 20, 2017 Lindo Lake , San Diego, California, US … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #87

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions in Bird Watch on May 12, 2017 A Crimson-breasted Woodpecker spotted in Kalimpong, Darjeeling. Photo by Shantanu Bhattacharya‎ The Brahminy Kite is also known as the red-backed sea-eagle in Australia. Photo by … Continue reading

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Kit Carson Park Trip Report

Very pleasant overcast day which 22 birders. Best bird was a bright male Western Tanager. Saw or heard a total of 59 species. Mallard Ruddy Duck Double-crested Cormorant Great Blue Heron Great Egret Snowy Egret White-faced Ibis Turkey Vulture Cooper’s … Continue reading

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Eastern Sierra Trip Report 2017

Despite temperatures ranging from the low 30’s to mid 80’s, rain, wind and snow, our group of 15 birders were able to find a total of 128 species. Highlights included dancing sage grouse, close looks at both male and female … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #86

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions in Bird Watch on May 5, 2017 Spring is in the air! A White-throated Sparrow resides in a flowering Crabapple tree in Northern Illinois. Photo by Janelle Pitula. A White-naped Woodpecker family … Continue reading

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Trip Report for Dixon Lake

There were 5 participants on a overcast damp morning. Tom Trowbridge 18 Species: Mallard Red-shouldered Hawk American Coot Mourning Dove Anna=E2=80=99s Hummingbird Acorn Woodpecker Northern Flicker Black Phoebe Western Scrub Jay American Crow Common Raven Oak Titmouse Wrentit California Thrasher … Continue reading

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