Great day at Bon Tempe Lake (Marin, CA)

Sarah & I had a lovely walk around Bon Tempe Lake today, a sunny clear day with temps in the mid-60s – a nice change from the heavy rains we had earlier in the week to be sure! This is probably my favorite hike of the many great lake hikes in the Marin Municipal Water…

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North Lake & Sutro Baths birding (SF)

I went back to North Lake & Sutro Baths today, camera and shiny new spotting scope in hand, and naturally there was less around than on Sunday, when I had neither! There were a few (probable) ALLEN’S HUMMINGBIRDS at North Lake in Golden Gate Park, but no sign of the Hooded Mergansers I saw on…

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Woohoo, new scope!

I just got my first spotting scope, a Pentax PF65ED-a w/a Pentax XF SMC 20-60x zoom eyepiece, and can’t wait to get out and use it. Of course, it arrived right after sunset, so that will have to wait until tomorrow! It’s surprisingly lightweight and compact (an advantage of a 65mm objective lens), and at…

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Birding @ Land’s End & North Lake (SF)

Sebby & I did a short bird walk at the aforementioned locations this afternoon. Although we didn’t see anything like the variety I saw in my ornithology class walk yesterday, North Lake was teeming with birds, although Land’s End/Sutro Baths continues to suffer bird-wise due to substantial construction by the NPS in the area. We…

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Great birding at Lake Merritt (Oakland, CA)

Today was my first field trip with the Field Ornithology class I’m taking, and it wound up being a great outing with numerous interesting birds and tons of information. We were a large’ish group of about 15 people including Joe Morlan, our instructor, and an assistant. First we walked the shoreline of Lake Merritt, seeing…

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