Thursday, March 26, 2009

March 26, 2009: Flights (Los Angeles to Detroit to Buffalo)

Got a few photos on today's flights home (Los Angeles - Detroit - Buffalo)

San Bernardino Mountains
Hesperia, California
South Las Vegas, Nevada
Henderson, Nevada

Below: Colorado River and Lake Powell/Glen Canyon area photos

St. John's Michigan

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

March 25, 2009: Palm Springs to Kern County, California

After the conclusion of the conference today I had some time to run up to Kern County to do some birding. The drive north was also very nice, with the desert blooming (driving up US-395 from just north of San Bernardino, to near Inyokern). Then I headed over Walker Pass (Route 178) to the Kern River Valley. Then, in the evening, I headed over to Bakersfield, and south on I-5 to the LAX area.

US-395 shots:

This was a lonely road!

Above and Below: Joshua Tree desert
Above and below: Blooming Desert

Scenery around Inyokern, CA

Spent some time in the Middlemiss family backyard in Inyokern - they have a landscaped backyard with the elusive Le Conte's Thrasher... and some good scenery!

Above and below: Cactus in the yard

Dried berries from last season
A sick looking Lesser Goldfinch
Pine Siskins
Above and Below: California Quail
Nice backyard scenery (above and below)

Above and Below: Le Conte's Thrasher


Some nice Joshua tree scenery on the way to Kern River Valley

Lark Sparrow
Dark-Eyed (Oregon) Junco
Turkey Vulture

Tri-Colored Blackbirds?

Brewer's Blackbird (above and below)
Scrub Jay (Walker Pass - CA Route 178)
A portion of the Pacific Crest Trail that I hiked on briefly, near Walker Pass

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

March 24, 2009: Big Morongo Preserve (California)

I again had a little bit of free time before classes/presentations, so I headed out to nearby Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. It was a slow day for birding, and I did not have much time but at least I got in a few decent photos...

More windmill pictures
White Crowned Sparrow (X2)

Ladder Backed Woodpecker
A jumping Bewick's Wren
Hooded Oriole (female)
Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Below: Vermillion Flycatchers (nearby Covington Park)

Above and Below: San Bernardino Mountains

Back to the conference!