I’ve been in San Diego on business since last Saturday and my husb, Steve decided to tag along so he could do some birding.  Before our trip Steve ordered Brad Schram’s A Birder’s Guide to Southern California, which he poured over for a whole week. So while I was in meetings at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, working on PowerPoints and making sure our meeting went without a hitch, Steve was traveling all over Southern California chasing his list of birds.  It’s just as well that I didn’t see much of him, since I was working from 6:30 a.m. until past midnight every night. But his trips all over Southern Cali proved fruitful for him, though I was sorry that I couldn’t let him have the Nikon for all his birding–I needed it for my meetings. His lifers he found included the following:

  • Nuttail’s Woodpecker (which he found just outside our suite at the Rancho Bernardo Inn)
  • Wrentit (saw a group of them also outside our suite)
  • Lawrence’s Goldfinch (about 20 of them at San Pasqual Nat’l Historic Park)
  • Mountain Plovers (flock seen in the fields near Salton Sea)
  • LeConte’s Thrasher (near San Anza-Borrego Desert State Park)
  • Tri-colored Blackbird (seen at Kern National Wildlife Refuge)
  • Oak Titmouse (East of San Luis Obispo)
  • Yellow-billed Magpie (Los Alamos State Park)
  • Black-shouldered Kite (Flying over the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Yesterday (Friday) my work was done at Rancho Bernardo and so I was able to relax for the weekend in the San Diego area before we were to head back to Utah on Sunday. So during the weekend Steve and I visited the San Diego Safari Park and spent today at Torrey Pines State Park and hung out in LaJolla where I was able to add a few lifers myself. Here’s my list:

  • Black-shouldered Kite (Flying over the San Diego Zoo Safari Park)
  • Brandt’s Cormorant (La Jolla)
  • Western Gull (La Jolla)
  • Heermann’s Gull (La Jolla)

I also got a good shot of a Great Blue Heron, some Turkey Vultures and some Brown Pelicans. Here are the highlights:

Western Gull

Brown Pelicans and a Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture

Cormorants with prime LaJolla real estate

Heermann's Gulls

Coming in for a landing (I'm always trying to perfect these shots.)

Heermann's Gull

Brandt's Cormorant

Brandt's Cormorant