Wednesday, February 22, 2017

San Diego County

We have been at Campland on the Bay for the last three weeks.   Here's a look at it from across the biological reserve to the west on the north end of Mission Bay in San Diego.
Manta Ray that came into the Bay and got caught by the tide.

Greater Yellowlegs

Eurasian Wigeon with his American cousin

Lesser Scaup

One day birding trip to the southern border by Imperial Beach.  Got there to see the beautiful sunrise over the Tijuana River.  Our target bird arrived at first light - the Black-throated Magpie-Jay from Mexico.
California Gnatcatcher

Common Ground Dove


Yellow-crowned Night-heron in Imperial Beach

American Kestrel

We had over 100 species of birds just in the Mission Bay area.  We walked some of the same areas each day and yet found something new every day.
Cedar Waxwings

Western Bluebird

Red-crowned Parrots

Red-crowned Parrot eating Blossoms 

Another day trip took us to the San Diego River, the ocean beach and Tecolote Canyon Nature Center.  This little Burrowing Owl has his photo taken many times every day.

Red-breasted Mergansers

California Scrub-jay

White-crowned Sparrow

Green Heron at boat dock

Osprey has a fish dinner

Anna's Hummingbird 

Blue-winged Teal coming in for a landing

Orange-crowned Warbler

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk in the RV Park

Northern Pintail on Rose Creek

Sunrise after the storm

Although California has had plenty of rain now, we did not have the worst of the storms.  We had a sand storm before the rain arrived,  but most of our days here have been nice.  Tomorrow we head east to the Salton Sea for a couple weeks of birding, (Of course).
Love & Prayers,
Ty & Ida Baumann

Monday, February 6, 2017

Oceanside to Mission Bay

Sanderlings doing the wave run

Anna's collecting pollen, nectar and insects

A few more walks along the Pacific Ocean and a last look at the quickly growing Anna's Hummingbird chicks before we leave.  
Waiting for Mom to return with breakfast

Peregrine Falcon takes a Eurasian-Collared Dove

Brown Pelican reacting to a kid's kite

Looking at the snow capped mountains reminding us it is really "winter" while sitting at the pool.
Lesser Goldfinch

Red-shouldered Hawk

Brandt Cormorant checking nesting site

We left Oceanside on Groundhog's Day and headed south toward San Diego.  We took a walk along the cave and cliff area of La Jolla which brought some interesting sightings.
Western Double-crested Cormorant sports white crests


California Seal Lions complain about being stepped on

Harbor Seal at La Jolla

Kendall Frost Reserve

We are now staying at Campland on the Bay along the north shore of Mission Bay in Northwest San Diego.  We are adjacent to the Kendall Frost Biological Reserve that is teeming with waterfowl and shorebirds, herons and egrets, and often a surprise or two.
Great Egret plunges for a great catch

Wintering area for hundreds of ducks

The surprise - Eurasian Wigeon


Black Brant and Redhead

Little Blue Heron

Marbled Godwits, Whimbrels, Willets, and waterfowl

Long-billed Dowitcher

New Moon helps with extreme tides

Looking forward to some exploring of the Bay Area before moving inland to the desert and the Salton Sea.

Love and Prayers,
Ty & Ida Baumann