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Old Wednesday 16th October 2019, 03:51   #1
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California December Suggestions!

Hello everyone! I want to take my girlfriend who is just getting into birding on a birding/camping trip in December, but I know absolutely nothing about birding. I dont mind driving far out from Los Angeles, and I would love if our dog could join too! If anyone could recommend any good hotspots in the area it would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you in advance,
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Old Wednesday 16th October 2019, 14:16   #2
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Hello everyone! I want to take my girlfriend who is just getting into birding on a birding/camping trip in December, but I know absolutely nothing about birding. I dont mind driving far out from Los Angeles, and I would love if our dog could join too! If anyone could recommend any good hotspots in the area it would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you in advance, Josh
The best bird photos I've ever gotten were at Bolsa Chica circa 2005-2007. I'm not sure of the condition of that wetland today. As to camping, the beach area on the opposite (ocean) side of PCH might accomodate that.
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Old Thursday 17th October 2019, 00:59   #3
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Don't look at the recommendations from non-birder newspapers and tv channels as they don't know what they are talking about. Instead you can have a look here:
https://www.audubon.org/news/birding-california

If you don't mind spending a few dollars, you can buy a used copy of Brad Schram's book:
https://www.amazon.com/Birders-Guide.../dp/1878788515

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Old Thursday 17th October 2019, 16:21   #4
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If you're in L.A., you can head East on the 10, up the 62, and stop at the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve before going on to camp at Joshua Tree Natl Park.

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L420195

They do a guided bird walk on Wednesday mornings. Mostly an older, retired crowd who are usually happy to help with bird ID's.
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https://www.audubon.org/news/birding-california

I've also heard the channel islands are great, but I've not gone there and don't know how they are in December.

You could also try contacting the LA Audubon society or their mailing list.

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