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.

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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!)

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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,…

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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

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Birding at South Lake Merced (SF)

Last Sunday morning I birded with a few other folks, led by Robbie, my ornithology instructor Joe’s partner.  Due to some email problems, I parked on the wrong side of the concrete bridge on the south end of Lake Merced, but soon found the group on the west side.

Gulls on Lake Merced

 

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