Snow on the San Bernardino Mountains, first in 6 years, really made it feel more like Christmas in Southern California.
After the worship service at Cottonwood Church we drove east to the Santa Ana River in Anaheim searching for some special birds.
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.
|Time for a close-up|
|Green Heron takes flight|
|Perfect Reflection - Northern Pintail drakes|
|America Coot grabs a Sponge|
|Belding's Savannah Sparrow|
|Ridgeway Clapper Rail|
|Osprey grabs a very large fish|
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.
|Bufflehead gets a Polychete|
|Double-crested Cormorant not happy with Ty|
|Crab grabs Willet Bill or?|
|Whimbrel makes a big splash|
|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