A little ways to go but Scope city in Costa Mesa Orange county have or used to have a pretty good selection.
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There are quite a few large solar projects approved and being built mostly in the deserts of southern california that together once built will produce about 7-8 times the output of altamont. Theres a mandate to produce 33% renewables by 2020 thats driving a lot of this. Although I think all the...
These days even our local supermarket has signs not allowing you to tie your horse outside and you can forget riding in the car park. Although i did see one guy with an unfeasibly large sombrero riding his horse in the car park, but probably had just been to the liquor store and probably didn't...
I just came out of the cinema to see it, must have been about 8 people total in a Southern California matinee but the weather was great outside, finally cooled down to the 90's.
I thought it was great, very nicely done with a good mix of birds, people and scenery to appeal to everyone.
Big Morongo should be good I assume you have their website
Make sure you hit the next door local park Covington which usually has a pair of Vermillion flycatchers and often better birds than the reserve itself.
I was there a few weeks ago and there's loads of nice...
Few links you might find useful
You could also try posting to some local ca birding group lists if you want...
I would definitely go for the Western Sibley, lovely little guide and designed to be portable.
Joe Morlans site is a good general guide for California
Just click on each county map for specific details per county.
There's also some birding trails...
I'd recommend getting the Schram "A birders guide to southern California" I know there is a section on Anza Borrego in there. One area thats good especially in migration time is as you come into the park from Julian direction theres a campground and a spring and it acts as a migrant trap in the...