Birding at Lake Merced (SF)

Today was another great bird outing with my Field Ornithology class. There were about 25 of us all told (many from the two more advanced classes our instructor Joe teaches), with plenty of scopes to share. It was an overcast day, but stayed dry, and I saw a ton of new birds. We started at…

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Mendocino – Day I

13 April, 2007 Sarah & I left home at around 9:30, heading north on US101 to Cloverdale, then northwest on picturesque, but extremely windy, Hwy 128. We were both excited to be heading to Mendocino, as I’d only been there as a child, and Sarah never. Along the way we stopped at the Apple Farm…

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EA 105 – Field Ornithology, Class III

Another informative class tonight, and I’m glad I missed out on last Saturday’s field trip, since it poured rain and they cut it short after only 90 minutes (Sarah & I were enjoying very pleasant weather on the Mendocino coast :).

My notes for the evening follow.

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To Mendocino!

I’m about to head out the door for a 4-day weekend in Mendocino – hopefully we’ll see lots of wildlife and I’ll return with much to blog about. It’s been a slow blogging week for me since my mother & her hubby were visiting from out of town for 3 days, but I’m sure to…

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Chrissy Field birding

Since the days are light longer, I swung by the Palace of Fine Arts and Chrissy Field before my birding class tonight. I haven’t birded either place with any frequency, but a recent report of Red-shouldered Hawks preying on Pigeons and Coots at the PFA piqued my interest. No raptors were seen at the PFA,…

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Las Gallinas Ponds birding

Sarah & I had a nice walk today at Las Gallinas Storage Ponds in Marin, although the midday time and strong winds kept the bird numbers a little lower than they’d been on our prior visit to this area. Despite the strong gusty winds blowing from the west, a fair number of waterfowl were visible…

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Woo hoo, my first real photo sale!

In yesterday’s mail was something wonderful – my first decent-sized check for a photo sale! Although I do not currently actively try to sell my photographs (something I plan on working harder on this year), I have sold a couple (to flower seed catalogs), donated a half dozen or so to various educational institutions, and…

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Coyote Hills Birding

In the mood for something a little different, I went back to my old stomping grounds of Coyote Hills. When I lived in Fremont, I birded and hiked here frequently, and in fact, the diversity of wildlife here is what really got me into birdwatching. Alas, since it’s about a 40 minute round-trip detour from…

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Audubon Canyon Ranch Bolinas Lagoon Reserve

Sarah & I went for a lovely hike today at the Audubon Canyon Ranch Bolinas Lagoon Reserve just north of Stinson Beach. The reserve, privately owned by the Audubon Society, is open only for a few months out of the year, and only on weekends then. They’re well-known for their heronry, which these days is…

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