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SoCal Spring Birding 2010

This trip was based around the deepwater pelagic out of Santa Barbara. I had 3.5 other days to bird though, and I covered from San Diego north to the Mt. Pinos area.

Major areas birded were:

Day 1: LA area (Bolsa Chica, Upper Newport Bay, Laguna Beach)
Day 2: Maricopa, Mt. Pinos area, Alisal Canyon Rd, Happy Canyon Rd
Day 3: Pelagic
Day 4: San Bernadino Mountains, then to San Diego to Robb Field and then the Vaux's Swift roost downtown
Day 5: Laguna Mountains, then north thru Santa Ysabel and Mesa Grande, to the Garner Valley and San Jacinto Mountains.

During this time I racked up almost 1600 miles on my rental, and wasted very little daylight. I had a total of 16 lifers or ABA birds for the trip, counting the 7 on the pelagic. Being only my 2nd trip to the west coast, many of these birds were being seen for only the 2nd or 3rd time, so it was great to get more familiar with others in addition to the lifers. In this gallery I have photos of 74 species.

Great trip!!
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Black Phobe
Black Phobe
California Gull
California Gull
Willet
Willet
Willet
Willet
Forster's Tern
Forster's Tern
Forster's Tern
Forster's Tern
California and Western Gulls
California and Western Gulls
Marbled Godwit
Marbled Godwit
Marbled Godwit
Marbled Godwit
Marbled Godwit
Marbled Godwit
Western Sandpipers
Western Sandpipers
Red Knots
Red Knots
Red Knots
Red Knots
Red Knot
Red Knot
Dunlin
Dunlin
Western Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Red Knot
Red Knot
Willet
Willet
Eared Grebe
Eared Grebe
California Gnatcatcher
California Gnatcatcher
California Gnatcatcher
California Gnatcatcher
California Gnatcatcher
California Gnatcatcher
Black Turnstone
Black Turnstone
Brandt's Cormorants
Brandt's Cormorants
Wandering Tattler
Wandering Tattler
Bell's Sparrow
Bell's Sparrow
Sage Sparrow (juv)
Sage Sparrow (juv)
Tricolored Blackbirds
Tricolored Blackbirds
Tricolored Blackbirds
Tricolored Blackbirds
Tricolored Blackbirds
Tricolored Blackbirds
Say's Phoebe
Say's Phoebe
Bushtit
Bushtit
Wrentit
Wrentit
Wrentit
Wrentit
Wrentit
Wrentit
Western Scrub-Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
Cassin's Finch
Cassin's Finch
Mountain Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
Oak Titmouse
Oak Titmouse
Oak Titmouse
Oak Titmouse
California Towhee
California Towhee
California Towhee
California Towhee
California Quail
California Quail
Steller's Jay
Steller's Jay
(Thick-billed) Fox Sparrow
(Thick-billed) Fox Sparrow
White-headed Woodpecker
White-headed Woodpecker
White-headed Woodpecker
White-headed Woodpecker
White-headed Woodpecker
White-headed Woodpecker
Western Bluebird
Western Bluebird
Band-tailed Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Black-headed Grosbeak
Black-headed Grosbeak
Violet-green Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Nuttall's Woodpecker
Nuttall's Woodpecker
Nuttal's Woodpecker
Nuttal's Woodpecker
Yellow-billed Magpie
Yellow-billed Magpie
Yellow-billed Magpie
Yellow-billed Magpie
White-throated Swift
White-throated Swift
White-throated Swift
White-throated Swift
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