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 »
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.
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 »