Eastern Sierra Birds – part 2

July 11, 2015 at 4:01 pm (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) ()

Black-throated sparrow

Black-throated sparrow

Toward the end of our birding trip we learned that our leader Bob Barnes had been instrumental in saving a lot of land in the Kern River area as designated wilderness.  Here we are below standing next to the boundary sign; Bob is to the immediate left of the sign. Read the rest of this entry »

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Birding Trip in California’s Eastern Sierras

July 11, 2015 at 9:16 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) (, )

Birders in the cathedral of evergreens in the Eastern Sierras

Birders in the cathedral of evergreens in the Eastern Sierras

I generally like birding and hiking alone, since I am distracted by every flower, bug, lizard, and bird. That irritates anyone who has an agenda of actually hiking at a reasonable pace.  But occasionally I like to “bird” with others who are good at spotting and identifying them, and it’s great to be with like-minded folk.  So I signed up for a 4-day trip to California’s Eastern Sierras through Sea and Sage Audubon, led by Bob Barnes and John Schmitt.

Long-eared owl showing off its long ears

Long-eared owl showing off its long “ears”

I saw many “life” birds, including a family of long-eared owls at a Ridgecrest cemetery, and just enjoyed doing my part to find and ID birds – some of which were lifers for others, too. Read the rest of this entry »

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