Woohoo, 30D arrived!

My shiny new Canon 30D dSLR body just arrived in the mail today. Naturally it’s raining cats and dogs here in SF, so I must amuse myself with taking pictures of household items and my cats (who are rather tired of the bright flashy thing going off in their face by this point! :).

Josie

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Tomales Point (Point Reyes)

We had a lovely little hike at Tomales Point this morning, and saw a few good birds, including a commoner, but new to us. Right at Pierce Ranch, the parking area for the Tomales Point trail, we saw a number of lovely little Western Bluebirds, cool! Naturally, the first fellow we saw, up close and in good light, flew away to the treetops before I could attach my birding camera lens, but c’est la vie, a tick is a tick, eh?

 Tomales Point

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Golden Gate Park & Sutro Baths

Early this evening I went to my local patches for the first time this year to see what was afoot. Actually taking some time to peer into the bushes along North Lake in Golden Gate Park proved fruitful – I saw my first Ruby-crowned Kinglet and my first Chestnut-backed Chickadee!

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PA Baylands again

After Sunday’s meager pickings at Pescadero Marsh, I went by the Baylands after work, in need of some proper birding.  As usual there was a good variety of the local fowl, but nothing exotic.

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Pescadero Marsh

For the second time Sarah & I went to Pescadero Marsh, as we’ve both heard the birding can be good there, and for the second time, we saw nearly nothing!  I wonder if we’re going at the wrong time of year, or what?  Last time we were there mid-day, which is never ideal, but today we were there near sunset and still saw hardly anything!

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Shoreline Park birding

Fun time out at Shoreline Park today, although the path around Shoreline Lake is closed and looks like it’ll be under construction for some time to come.  A burrowing owl was in the usual place by the frontage road, and there are a heck of a lot of Northern Shoveler and Ruddy Ducks, as well as decent numbers of Common Goldeneye and Surf Scoter.

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Tennessee Valley hike (Marin)

For our first hike of the year, Sarah & I went north to Tennessee Valley.  The parking lot was absolutely packed on this, the first sunny day after a spell of rain, but we were lucky enough to snare a spot near the actual trailhead – there were cars parked a half-mile-plus along the side of the road!

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