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California Dreamin’

I welcome any excuse to take a break from the regular routine and get away for a little while. It’s even better when the invitation to escape includes cause for celebration. Earlier this year, I received a “save the date” … Continue reading

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2016 Top 10 Lifers

For this post, I’m limiting my “Top 10” list to life birds only. I’ve seen so many amazing birds this year, and it’s hard enough to pick the best out of the 62 brand-new species I’ve encountered since January. All … Continue reading

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2016 Achievement Awards

Well, folks…it’s been a hell of a ride! A time-honored tradition in nature blogging is an annual review of the year’s highlights. 2016 had its share of awesome moments, so I’m recognizing the standouts in several categories before doing my … Continue reading

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Going off the Rails

There is a bird of almost mythical secrecy. A tiny creature that scurries like a mouse through dense marsh grasses. It makes the other members of its famously-shy family seem downright extroverted, and it’s small enough to be mistaken for … Continue reading

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West Coast Wonders

We emerged from the low-lying fog of San Francisco Bay around the same time that we started to see signs for Point Reyes National Seashore. I visited the Point in 2005 with my family, and I was looking forward to … Continue reading

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Down by the Bay

Sightseeing is popular in San Francisco, and there is no shortage of lovely scenery to be found around the Golden Gate City. Most people don’t think of the Bay Area as a particularly wild place. Apart from the city itself, … Continue reading

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Peaks and Valleys

You know what they say about the best-laid plans. The original scheme for our post-pelagic adventure was a scenic drive down Highway 1 through the Big Sur area. I’ve heard rave reviews about the stunning vistas and wildlife encounters possible … Continue reading

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