Palo Alto Baylands birds

Yeah so I need to get to other birding locales more often…. Not too much afoot at the baylands today, mostly the usual waders. There were a couple of female NORTHERN SHOVELERS in the slough, but I didn’t see any males.


Charleston Slough & Shoreline Park Birding

Not very much afoot today. Charleston Slough was very quiet, probably in part due to trail rebuilding going on between the viewing platform and Shoreline Lake, but the resident Burrowing Owl family was out and about, making the day. Three young ‘uns were out of the north-east burrow, with two others in the grass and an adult between the path and the road.


Nobel Lake (Ebbetts Pass) Hike Report posted

I’ve written up a hike report & photos from this past weekend’s lovely hike south along the Pacific Crest Trail from Ebbetts Pass to Nobel Lake. The photos are here and the hike report here.

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) north of Ebbetts Pass

We had lovely wildflower’age as well, including a few I’ve only seen once before. At this time of year, spring is in full bloom at the high elevations!


Hoot hoot!

I’ve been pondering numerous tat designs for quite some time now, and am now ready to get several in succession. A visiting German tatoo artist, Chris, was at Braindrops today, and I decided to get my long-desired owl tattoo from him after viewing his portfolio and seeing his drawings. He worked quickly, and did an…


Palo Alto Baylands birding

I’ve not been out birding in a good many weeks, having been busy with other stuff and getting caught up on photo editing, but I found a couple of hours today after work to swing by the Baylands to see what’s there right now.


Woot! New tat!

I got a new tattoo, my third, this evening from Joe Vegas at Mom’s Bodyshop on Haight Street. No photos, alas, but here’s the design: Joe was great, and it was all done 70 minutes after I walked in. Now it itches…. I found this design (and tidied it up a bit) at this fellow’s…


Limantour birding & wildflowering (Point Reyes)

Verrry good wildflowering & OK birding around the Limantour area of Point Reyes this weekend! Although we were late for the Irises, a few stragglers remained. We didn’t see anything new-to-us, but it was neat to see twinberry in fruit, as we’d only seen it in flower previously (at the nearby Drake’s Estero area of Point Reyes, in fact!).

We saw but a modest number of birds. The highlight was definitely a GREAT HORNED OWL and fledging OWLET, but there was a good variety of the usual suspects throughout our hike.

Great Horned Owlet