Sunday, May 28, 2017

Ternwatch


The California Least Tern, shown here, is on the endangered species list. The idea here is to launch as many fledglings as possible so if global warming does comes to pass the population will be as large as possible[it's the conservative thing to do]. The San Diego Audubon in cooperation with the US Department of Fish and Wildlife and the City of San Diego has set aside five tern nesting areas of which Mariner's Point is the most active with over 100 active nests.

Here I am during a Ternwatcher shift at Mariners Point in San Diego's Mission Bay on Wednesday morning.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Deadhorse Ranch State Park - Tavasci Marsh Trail

Mallard at Tavasci Marsh near Cottonwood, AZ.
 Blue Heron at Tavasci Marsh north of Cottonwood, AZ.
Jerome, Arizona from Tuzigoot National Monument north of Cottonwood, Arizona.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Courthouse Butte Bell Rock Loop Trail

We hiked this on Friday afternoon:






A female Phainopepla

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Parson's Spring Trail - Near Cottonwood, AZ

From Thursday's hike on the Parson's Spring trail.

My friend Wayne at the trailhead looking at the trail map.
 On the trail.
Summer Spring pool along the trail.

 Phainopepla male[lower] and female upper.













The must be from BEFORE I fell in the creek...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Jerome, AZ Copper Mine

Looking down a mine shaft at Jerome,AZ. Copper was discoverd here in about 1876 and actively mined until the 1930's then again during WWII until the early 1950's.



Below is a view of the town of Jerome, AZ from the Tuzigoot National Monument to the east:

Saturday, May 6, 2017

North Fortuna Summit

On Thursday my friend David and I hiked up North Fortuna Summit in San Diego's Mission Trails Park. It was a bit over 6.3 miles of pretty good trail but mostly pretty steep.







Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Ternwatcher 2017

This morning I did my 1st Ternwatcher shift of the season from 8-10am at Mariner's Point on Mission Bay. After a short visit with Dave from Fish and Wildlife, he makes daily short visits, I settled down for my shift.

There were LOTS of CA Least Terns flying around and occasionally landing who looked like they wanted to drop an egg... but I didn't see any who actually did that. Dave said there were in fact some active nests with eggs in them but I was never able to spot them.

I also saw a flock of brown pelicans fly over, a horned lark, some house finches, and two western gulls.

Learn more about California Least Terns at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_least_tern

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Laguna Meet-up

 On Tuesday afternoon I met up with cousin Aric Attebery at the Burnt Rancheria CG near Mt Laguna an hour east of San Diego. Aric was on day three of his months long hike to the Canadian Border on the Pacific Crest Trail.
After hiking with Aric for awhile in the morning I spent the afternoon on a bird hike in Laguna Meadows. Pictured at the left is Big Laguna Lake which has been nearly dry in the past because of the drought. It's nice to see it almost full to the brim. The birds I saw included: stellar jay, red tailed hawk, eared grebe, raven, robin, acorn woodpecker, ruddy duck, and a phainapepala.

This is Little Laguna Lake which has been COMPLETELY dry in the years that I've lived here.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Pacific Crest Trail Hike Launch

 On Sunday I met up with cousin Aric Aterbery with his parents PJ and Craig for Aric's send off on through-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, 2650 miles, to the Canadian border. The pic shows Aric's start at the Mexican border.
 The official send-off comittee L to R:
Me, Craig[holding Zee], Aric, PJ.
 Headed up the beginning of the PCT.
 Aric and PJ.
This is one of the three "surprises" we saw in just a half hour but Aric says he didn't see anymore for the rest of the day.