Ballona Creek Jetty at sunset


Southern California w/ Robert & Janet
Dec 09-13, 2003 
Guide Bob Miller
Day Three

Four days of target birding from below sea level and over the peaks then down the coast! 

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Acorn Woodpecker
The fog was heavy when the sun came up on us at the University of California Riverside botanical gardens where we had a nice look at this Acorn Woodpecker and added a few new birds but dipped on our targets.
Our next stop was Puddingstone Reservoir in a light rain where I miss-called one and we left there thinking we had it.  We then pulled into the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area and as soon as we drove up we had both of the Scissor-tailed Flycatchers right above us!  I set up the scope with both birds in the view and Jan immediately leaned over to take a look.  She said "there's nothing in there".  We spent two full hours trying to relocate them but never did.  OUCH.


The jetty
A very long drive through Los Angeles traffic took us into Santa Monica and Venice.  The wind was extreme coming across the jetty but we had great looks at Western and Heermann's Gulls up close.

Heermann's Gull.

Heermann's Gull


Brown Pelicans were making their way into the wind quit majestically.  The beach sand was going sideways on our walk out but the wind quit completely on our walk back in!

The view across!

Heermann's Gull

Surfbirds and Black Turnstones were abundant and we had one lone Ruddy Turnstone. 
We saw several Glaucous-winged Gulls and this one gave us a real fine show as it hung in the wind right over our head.  Close enough to get a nice shot with my little 4x digital! 


Glaucous-winged Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

This Ring-billed Gull posed nicely in the surf as Sanderlings flew by.  Los Angeles traffic is something else and we jumped into the middle it to make our way south to San Diego where we spent the night in Encinitas.  Long tough day for sure.

Ring-billed Gull

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