After many adventures around Monterey and the bay area, Jen and I decided to change our plans of heading north into Oregon and all its clouds, rain and dreariness. Instead we decided to head back to Camarillo and enjoy a few more days of southern California warmth, before setting off for the snow. Special thanks to the Trogon’s for offering us there condo! Tomorrow we plan to head towards Nevada. Over the following days we’ll pass through Utah, the Colorado rockies and enjoy some early spring on the Kansas prairies, where we hope to see dancing prairie chickens! We’ll be home around March 12th.
Mountain Skink, Sycamore Canyon, Santa Monica Mountains
Tufted Duck, Merrit lake, Oakland, CA
Northern Elephant Seal, Off Ventura Harbor
Spotted Dove, Salt lake Park, Los Angeles
Scorpion, Zuma Canyon, Santa Monica Mountains, Any idea what this is Gary?
Our friend Susan and I at Bodega Bay north of San Fransisco. This is the site where the Alfred Hitchcock film “The Birds” was filmed. It did in fact turn out to be a great birding spot!
Jen and Giant Coreopsis, Point Dume, Malibu. Some wildflower displays have been sensational here
This Golpher snake was our first serpent in almost 3 months! It was poking its head out of a hole and I dove after it!
Pacific Chorus Frog, Santa Monica Mountains. These little guys have been calling like crazy. They are the only frog I know that says the stereotypical “ribit, ribit, ribit,etc.”
California Newt, Berkeley Botanical Garden, These guys were mating like crazy in a small pond
This very rare Arctic Loon was hanging around the breakwall in Monterey
We found this Alligator lizard in Solstice Canyon in Malibu, He probably bit me 5 times.