So, without further ado, here are the pictures from the unofficial DeeMotivation event, birding the California Coast. I was joined by the awesome birders Cindy and Charlie, who spent the entire weekend indulging me and helping me to build my life list, which I increased by at least 27 species this weekend!
So, if you didn't choose to GOYB, here is what you missed (click to enlarge, totally worth it!):
|Me, Charlie, and Cindy starting off at the |
|My first life bird was right in Cindy and Charlie's|
back yard - an Allen's Hummingbird.
|Next life bird was in Starbucks parking lot -|
|Not a lifer, but still pretty Townsend's Warbler.|
|(Lifer) Brown Towhee|
|Black-capped Chickadee. Not a lifer, but so adorable!|
|(Lifer) Say's Phoebe|
|House Finch. Not a lifer but pretty.|
|(Lifer) California Quail|
|(Lifer) Brandt's Cormorant|
|(Lifer) Black Turnstone|
|Western race of Red-tailed Hawk.|
Not a lifer, but a way better picture
than my life-bird picture.
|Marbled Godwits. Not a lifer, but I really liked this picture.|
|(Lifer) Golden Plover|
|(Lifer) White-tailed Kite|
|(Lifer) Semi-palmated Plover|
|(Lifer) Herman's Gull|
|(Lifer) Long-tailed Duck|
|(Lifer) Pacific Loon|
|I took a break to do some skinny-dipping, but the weather |
was too cold so I had to come back up onto the dock.
|Sea lion, looking blissful|
|This little sea lion on top reminded me of Barty, the|
way he just walked right across everyone else on the dock!
|Man, these guys were adorable.|
|Horned Grebe. Not a lifer, I got most of the grebes on my|
last business trip to CA.
|Another Herman's Gull|
|(Lifer) Surf Scoter|
|Rock Pigeon. Not a lifer, I just thought it was pretty.|
|Eared Grebe. Another one that I got on my last trip to HQ.|
|Another one, just too cute to pass up a photo op.|
|(Lifer) At least one of these is a Ross's Goose.|
|(Lifer) At least one of these is a Snow Goose|
|(Lifer) The one that's not a Canada Goose or a Cow is a|
|(Lifer) The guy in the middle is a Tri-color Blackbird.|
|At the end of the first day we returned home to Cindy and|
Charlie's place. We were cold and wet, but Shamrock
was there to greet us, and he was warm and furry. Just like
|Our second day birding had a much|
more auspicious beginning, with
|This was my favorite shot of the whole|
trip - an Anna's Hummingbird
and a Spotted Towhee together.
|(Lifer) Anna's Hummingbird|
|Bufflehead. Not a lifer, I just like saying their name.|
Bufflehead! Bufflehead! Bufflehead!
|Sea Otters, looking insanely cute.|
|I don't remember what this guy was...|
|(Lifer) Black Skimmer|
|(Lifer) Pelagic Cormorant|
|Me at Big Sur|
|A really famous bridge that I|
don't remember the name of
despite Cindy telling me repeatedly!
|No birds, just really pretty coast line.|
If you haven't seen it, go now, it's
|(Lifer) Golden-crowned Sparrow|
|My last lifer was in Cindy and Charlie's yard, when we got|
back from Big Sur. This is an Oregon Junco