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  1. foresttwitcher

    USA - SW - August 2023

    Good news.
  2. foresttwitcher

    USA - SW - August 2023

    Thanks for the comments and link Zoroark (I remember seeing that fire station!!). A great area to live in. Yes, I was conscious of just keeping ahead of the bad weather and was lucky that it didn't really change my plans much.
  3. foresttwitcher

    USA - SW - August 2023

    Thanks again, Chris. I sort of enjoy the process of putting a report together due to the memories it brings back - that is until a whole day's section dissappears before posting because I pressed the wrong button...! As to where next - 2023 has been a big travel year for me so I need to get...
  4. foresttwitcher

    USA - SW - August 2023

    Thursday 31st August: Late evening packing yesterday then a very early start for a short drive to painlessly drop off the car and take a shuttle to the terminal to check-in for an 09:00 flight to Calgary. Then a long transfer wait for an evening flight back to UK, both with WestJet. Arrived in...
  5. foresttwitcher

    USA - SW - August 2023

    Wednesday 30th August: Just a short hop to the harbour this morning and once parked I went to Island Packers to check-in for the 09:00 sailing. With plenty of time I had a look around the marina: Western Gulls on the moorings, Mourning Doves on overhead wires, House Sparrows around the...
  6. foresttwitcher

    USA - SW - August 2023

    Tuesday 29th August: The reason for an overnight in Indo was that I had planned on visiting Big Morongo Canyon today but checking the website yesterday evening for a trail map and other information I discovered that the trails and preserve were closed due to flood damage in the aftermath of...
  7. foresttwitcher

    USA - SW - August 2023

    Thanks again Chris, glad you're enjoying it, a couple more days to go.
  8. foresttwitcher

    USA - SW - August 2023

    Thanks Chris - one of those iconic birds that makes your day.
  9. foresttwitcher

    USA - SW - August 2023

    Monday 28th August: Up and out well before first light this morning. I had spoken to a US birder at Bolsa Chica yesterday who suggested the North Shore Marina was a good place to start at the Salton Sea. There were indeed a few each of Black-necked Stilt and American Avocet close in but...
  10. foresttwitcher

    USA - SW - August 2023

    Sunday 27th August: It had been getting hotter as I came south (peaking at 109 and 113 degrees respectively on the last two mid-afternoons) so I had intended to continue the pattern of early birding and driving distances in the heat of the afternoon. Another late finish yesterday evening and...
  11. foresttwitcher

    USA - SW - August 2023

    Saturday 26th August: Only a short early morning drive into Los Padres National Forest and the winding road up to the Nordic Ski area at Mount Pinos. Pretty quiet on the way up and, after a couple of attempts to find the correct trail, also as I set off along the cross-country ski route to the...
  12. foresttwitcher

    USA - SW - August 2023

    Friday 25th August: Set off early for Sequoia National Park, seeing an apparently Wild Turkey on the approach road and, alongside the usual on-the-road suspects, a perched Red-shouldered Hawk. From the main parking lot I took the short trail downhill to admire General Sherman - a Sequoia which...
  13. foresttwitcher

    USA - SW - August 2023

    Thursday 24th August: I left the motel while it was still dark and driving up the Bear Valley as it got light I spotted a roadside lake complete with a lingering mist layer so I spun round and stopped to have a quick look: a flock of Canada Geese, a few each of Mallard, Common Gallinule &...
  14. foresttwitcher

    USA - SW - August 2023

    Wednesday 23rd August: A bit of a late finish again last night but I wanted to be out of the city before the traffic built up. That plan failed miserably so it took a littler longer than anticipated to get to Hayward Shoreline Interpretative Centre. A slightly unpromising approach road but as I...
  15. foresttwitcher

    USA - SW - August 2023

    Tuesday 22nd August: Stepping out of my room to load up the car I was greeted by Acorn Woodpeckers and Steller's Jays. I needed to be in San Francisco this evening for the second pre-booked motel so it was an early start for a long drive west, passing through a different sort of rural America -...
  16. foresttwitcher

    USA - SW - August 2023

    Monday 21st August: An early start this morning to get in to one of the places I had most wanted to visit before the crowds arrived, although I had hoped on a Monday and with the weather / forecast not looking so great it wouldn't be too touristy. Not far in I stopped at the Bridalveil Fall...
  17. foresttwitcher

    USA - SW - August 2023

    Sunday 20th August: I wasn't sure if yesterday's storms were a breakdown following the hot conditions or a prelude of unsettled weather being pushed before Hurricane Hilary. But in any case I decided to continue north as a precaution, this time with birding back as the priority and heading to a...
  18. foresttwitcher

    USA - SW - August 2023

    Thanks Mike, yes the first 4 days boded well for the rest of the trip...
  19. foresttwitcher

    USA - SW - August 2023

    Saturday 19th August: Yesterday clouds had been building over the mountains to the south all day which had resulted in a distant lightening display and a few large rain drops in the afternoon, which became thunderstorms and heavy showers by the evening. It was still drizzly in the morning and I...
  20. foresttwitcher

    USA - SW - August 2023

    Friday 18th August: Needed to stay local today but I was still out early to take advantage of the cooler (it's all relative) temperatures - it had peaked at 103F & 105F the last two days respectively and made it to 108F today! I had noted a couple of hot spots on ebird in the suburbs that...
  21. foresttwitcher

    USA - SW - August 2023

    Thanks Andrew, it certainly is.
  22. foresttwitcher

    USA - SW - August 2023

    Thursday 17th August: Started early to get the drive back to the LA area done as soon as possible. No prior plan today but I spotted a couple of likely looking hotspots on ebird so headed north west before reaching the city to Desert National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Centre. The centre was...
  23. foresttwitcher

    USA - SW - August 2023

    As previously, I am still unable to format my posts so 'lifers' will be marked with an asterisk (*). Wednesday 16th August: Up and about early, despite yesterday's travelling, as keen to get birding but first, as I had no supplies, I felt obliged to make best use of the complimentary breakfast...
  24. foresttwitcher

    USA - SW - August 2023

    Those who have read my recent trip reports will realise I try to combine a birding trip with my other obsession. So it was, when the dates for a short encore US stadium tour were announced, I saw the opportunity for a visit to the south west of America for a bit of a road trip. This time it was...
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