[Tweeters] California Dreaming

B B birder4184 at yahoo.com
Sat Dec 2 17:57:05 PST 2017

It hit 85 today at the Salton Sea.  I am on a whirlwind dash in California in a quest to add some ABA life birds and hit a milestone.  The combination of birds seen, places visited and people met has made this one of my best trips ever.  Spending tonight in Borrego Springs and plan to do dessert birding tomorrow before heading to San Diego.
This has been day 4 and I have been so very fortunate to add two life birds each day.  Wednesday was RED FOOTED BOOBY in San Mateo (Pillar Point) and BELL'S SPARROW on Gloria Road in San Benito County; Thursday added CALIFORNIA CONDOR in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (Big Sur) and GARGANEY at Waller Park in Santa Barbara County: Friday added BLACK VENTED SHEARWATER (hundreds) and ISLAND SCRUBJAY on a wonderful trip to Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Island NP (accessed from Ventura); and today brought RED CROWNED PARROT(500+) at an amazing roost site in Pasadena and a RUFOUS BACKED ROBIN at Barstow Community College.
I have seen 120 species, driven 1200 miles and pretty tired but the adrenaline hits with each new bird has made it great fun.  The stakeout birds seem to have staying power.  Happy to provide details if interested in a pursuit.

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