EA 115 – Field Ornithology – Class VI

Last week’s class focused on Dowitchers, two devlishly-difficult birds to tell apart, although Dowitchers aren’t too difficult to tell from other shorebirds.

We first talked about Flood & Waverly, an area east of Stockton in California’s Central Valley that is known for having good birds. A classmate recently saw a Short-eared Owl, Ferruginous Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, American Kestrel, Red-tailed Hawk, Bald Eagle, and Golden Eagle in an afternoon (must’ve been nice!). Other areas of high raptor concentration include the Altamont Pass region (famous locally for its windmill farms, which are killing Golden Eagles), Grizzly Island, and Robinson Road in eastern Solano County, which is also a good place for Mountain Plovers.

We picked up on pg. 188 of the National Geographic Field Guide to North American Birds.

EA 115 – Field Ornithology – Class V

We dug right in, continuing on page 186 of the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America with Upland Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, and Ruff.  Like many of the shorebirds we’ve been studying this semester, these are birds I have not personally seen, and which are fairly-to-very rare in the SF region.

Point Lobos, another photo essay

(I’m rather behind on editing photos, reviewing restaurants, etc etc., so I’m going with minimal text on my birding reports for the time being!)

Sarah & I visited Point Lobos State Reserve, one of our favorite places on the planet, last Sunday, 11/18, and as always, had a lovely time, even though conditions didn’t permit much in the way of great photography.

View from our hotel room (w/a 420mm lens, anyways!)

Book Cover Meme

Jennifer posted a few days ago on the Book Cover Meme, and I thought I’d play along. The idea is to go to Amazon.com’s advanced search, search on your first name in a book title, and pick the most interesting book cover that’s in the search results. Since I have a common, biblical, first name,…

A lovely day in Princeton-by-the-Sea

Oh dear, this report is so late as to be useless, but here goes anyways…. About a month(!!) ago, Sarah & I had a lovely walk on the bluffs above Pillar Point near Princeton-by-the-Sea, a small fishing community about an hour south of San Francisco.

We stopped for lunch at the take-out counter at Barbara’s Fish Trap, which had the longest line I’ve ever seen them have – by the time we got to the window, there were 25 people lined up behind us!  After some yummy fish & chips, we drove south to Half Moon Bay to get some pumpkins.  By drove, I mean “sat in a car at a snail’s pace.”  Unbeknownst to us, this was the Pumpkin Festival weekend, and everyone in the bay area seemed to be on Half Moon Bay’s roads.

Farmer Bob’s Pumpkin Farm