Red-shouldered Hawk


Southern California ABA Tour
Jan 12-17, 2005, Outstanding weather!
Guide- Bob Miller

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Day 2 - Thursday (continued)

Spotted Towhee

By the time we left the lagoon we had four Californians (Gull, Thrasher, Towhee & Quail) seen and one heard but one proved elusive.  The rest of the trip I was teased, in good nature of course, for the California Gnatcatcher that we missed.

It was a nice day for singers as the Spotted Towhees, California Thrashers and California Quail demonstrated for us.

California Thrasher


Surf Scoter

After some fine sandwiches at Togo's we made our way to the San Diego River and Quivira Basin picking up many new birds along the way.  Surf Scoter have been scarce in San Diego this year so this female by the jetty was a pleasant surprise.  Our last stop was on Cabrillo where we sighted a Black Oystercatcher and a fine sunset. 

Tide pools

The crew minus one

Day 3 - Friday

American Coot

At Santee Lakes we were greeted by this overly enthusiastic stampede of American Coots.  Very comical!


Double-crested Cormorants

These Double-crested Cormorants were all facing away from each other.  We wondered who was ignoring who. 

We hit the raptor jackpot at the Ramona Grasslands with numerous Ferruginous Hawks including this nice comparison of dark and light morphs. A pair of White-tailed Kites and a far off Golden Eagle were treats as well as Western Bluebird and others. 

White-tailed Kite

Ramona Grasslands

Ferruginous Hawk

Ferruginous Hawks

Day 4 - Saturday

Algodones Dunes Wilderness Area
Sunrise on day four found us walking several miles into the Algodones Dunes Wilderness Area in search of LeConte's Thrasher, desert wildlife and flowers.  Our desert southwest is having a wet winter after many years of drought and it is greener than I have seen in twenty ears.

Algodones Dunes Wilderness Area

Algodones Dunes Wilderness Area

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Photos Bob Miller