Thursday, January 5, 2017

Long Beach, Bolsa Chica & Newport

Snow on the San Bernardino Mountains, first in 6 years, really made it feel more like Christmas in Southern California.
White-faced Ibis

After the worship service at Cottonwood Church we drove east to the Santa Ana River in Anaheim searching for some special birds.
White-throated Swift

Black Brant

We birded twice at Bolsa Chica State Ecological Reserve - Dec. 26 & Jan. 2.  Excellent place to end the year and start a new birding year.  We ended 2016 with 511 species for North America and have already hit 100 for 2017.
Long-tailed Duck

Reddish Egret

Time for a close-up

American Wigeon

Green Heron takes flight

Perfect Reflection - Northern Pintail drakes

Redhead Duck

America Coot grabs a Sponge

Belding's Savannah Sparrow

Ridgeway Clapper Rail

Osprey grabs a very large fish

Least Sandpiper

In our last two weeks at Long Beach, we found lots of interesting birds, even though we are in an urban area.  Hikes along the bike paths to the harbor and along the LA River bring many interesting finds.

Cinnamon Teal

Bufflehead gets a Polychete 

Double-crested Cormorant not happy with Ty

Crab grabs Willet Bill or?

American Avocets

Eared Grebe

American Goldeneye

Whimbrel makes a big splash

Blue-winged Teal

Common Loon in Newport Harbor

We had one more opportunity to join up with Travis and Tina at Newport Harbor for a fun Duffy Boat ride around this extensive area.  Travis was our captain and pointed out many interesting homes of Hollywood stars along the way.

This is where part of Gilligan's Island was filmed at the entrance to Newport Bay.

We are now in Oceanside for the month of January.
Love & Prayers,
Ty & Ida Baumann

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Long Beach & Santa Catalina Island

Anemones & Starfish

The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach is known for "Horses & Dragons".  Propagation of sea horses and sea dragons is its specialty but it is full of a wonderful variety of sea life.  We spent 7 hours exploring the amazing creatures of the sea.
Cownose Ray

Clown Triggerfish 


Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle


Leopard Shark

Moon Jellies - in the touch-me tank

Sea Horses - one of 32 species

Leafy Sea Dragons - take a closer look

Sand Tiger Shark - what a mouthful of teeth

Black-tipped Shark

Bonnet Shark

Green-naped  Lorikeet 

The Aquarium has a large aviary for raising 4 species of Lorikeets from Africa.  There are over 100 birds and some are very friendly landing on the people.

Black-Crowned Night Heron roost

Daily walks along the Long Beach Harbor and the banks of the Los Angeles River always has a surprise or two.
Eucalyptus Blossom 

Western Gull captures a Sole

Willet, point of contact reflection

Am. Coot 

Great Blue Heron in balance

Red Mitred Parakeets on Second Street

Colorful Sea Slug in LA River

Nutmeg Mannikin

Desert Botanical Gardens

We spent a wonderful day with a trip to Santa Catalina Island once owned by the Wrigley's gum magnate.  Mostly a tourist village with shopping and restaurants, but there are also trails, a nature center and a botanical garden.  Great places for those looking for unique examples of God's creation.
Kokerboom Tree

Wrigley Memorial Chimes

Searching for the Spotted Dove was our goal.  With no help from the naturalists at the nature center who had never seen them, we found five of them by ourselves and God brought them close enough for good photos.  These Asian birds were introduced here in the early 1900's.

Harris's Hawk entertains the tourists

Common Dolphin leaps for the fun of it

Queen Mary permanently docked in the harbor

Long Beach ship loading cranes

Sunset over Santa Catalina Island

Just a few more days in Long Beach and then we head south to Oceanside for the month of January.

Love & Prayers,
Ty & Ida Baumann