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


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



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Fallbrook


Common Ground-Dove

A very early visit to a friend's house in Fallbrook gave a look at a Western Screech-Owl peeking out of it's box and calling it a day.  Thanks a bunch for the view, the coffee and the muffin Mickey and Doug!! California Quail were soon spotted in the yard and two Lewis's Woodpecker were a treat as well.


Gadwall


Anna's Hummingbird
San Elijo Lagoon was loaded with birds and we saw California Gnatcatcher and this beautiful male Anna's Hummingbird although the Harris's Sparrow was not seen.  This Harlequin Duck at De Anza Cove was a real show stopper.

Harlequin Duck


Harlequin Duck

 

This Little Blue Heron was vying for our attention as well.


Little Blue Heron


Osprey with a meal

This Osprey made quick work of the fish it had snagged out of Mission Bay. 

Who's watching who?


Ocean Beach Pier 


Sunset Cliffs
The Northern Fulmars that had been all the news for the past several weeks were not to be found when we got out onto the Ocean Beach Pier. We had one shearwater skimming the surface way out there but I could not tell what it was.  Our trip ended with a fantastic sunset as we made our way to the Marriott where Lea Anne was attending a conference.  Robert and Janet would spend another day in San Diego before flying out to Michigan.  

Christmas on the beach


Sunset Cliffs

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Photos Bob Miller