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September 5 - 13, 2006
Deborah Danila
Bert Filemyr
Connie Goldman
Rob Hynson
Karl Lukens
Art McMorris

Updated - Thursday, April 5, 2007

Post Trip Reports
Trip Report by Connie Goldman
Species List
Route Map
Pictures by Bert Filemyr
Pictures by Connie Goldman
Pictures by Rob Hynson
Pictures by Art McMorris
Pictures by Karl Lukens
Reports from the road
Report 1
Report 2
Report 3
Report 4
Report 5

Report 6

 




 

 


 

General Plan.........
As of Friday August 4 the following have been fixed
- Flights to and from LA
- Rental vehicle
- LA Pelagic (Everyone has received confirmations)
- Santa Cruz Island excursion

- Lodging

Day
Overview of the day
Details
Habitats
Resources
Night in
Straight Driving Distance
Tuesday September 5
Day 1
After a mid-morning arrival in Los Angeles, we will bird down the coast toward San Diego. A major target for the day will be the California Gnatcatcher. At about 3:30 pm PDT we will meet Kaaren Perry at Crystal Cove State Park. Kaaren will share her local knowledge with us as we bird the coastal habitat.

Fly to Los Angeles via Chicago
6 am departure, arrive 10:30 am
Balsa Chica Ecological Preserve,
Crystal Cove State Park

Airports, airplane, coastal marsh, coastal scrub

A Birder's Guide to Southern California (BGSC) - pages 107-117

A Birder's Guide to Metropolitan Areas of North America (BGMANA) - pages 200-211

America's 100 Most Wanted Birds (AMWB) pages 297-298

Birdfinder: A Birder's Guide to Planning North American Trips (BBGPNAT) - pages 222-237

Dana Point Marina Inn
110 miles
Wednesday September 6
Day 2
We will spend the morning along the coast and out on Point Loma. If we have not seen the gnatcatcher we will make an attempt at Lake Hodges. We will spend the heat of the day driving to the Salton Sea arriving as the temperatures start to drop. We should be able to find Yellow-footed Gulls and other Salton Sea specialties on this day. We will do some owling after dark in Brawley
La Jolla coast, Fort Rosencrans Nartional Cemetery, Salton Sea
Coast, coastal scrub, migrant traps, inland lake

BGSC - pages 141-153, 163-177

BGMANA - pages 373-383

AMWB pages 186-187, 413-415

BBGPNAT - pages 222-237

The Brawley Inn
140 miles
Thursday September 7
Day 3
In the relatively cooler morning hours we will bird around the Salton Sea. As the day gets hotter we will leave the area and head north to the San Bernadino Mountains. If time permits we will visit the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve.
Salton Sea (Wister Unit, Red Hill Marina, Salton Sea NWR (Sonny Bono), Cattle Call Park, Niland, Calipatria
Inland lake, agricultural fields, rural town, mountains

BGSC - pages 163-177, 197-205

AMWB pages 186-187, 413-415

BBGPNAT - pages 222-237

Best Western Hospitality Lane (San Bernardino)
138 miles
Friday September 8
Day 4
On this day we will follow the San Bernadino Mountains loop as described in The Birders Guide to Southern California. White-headed Woodpecker is a possibility.We will spend the night close to the departure point of day 5's pelagic trip
San Bernadino Mountains loop
Mountain

BGSC - pages 197-205.

BBGPNAT - pages 222-237

Sandpiper Lodge, Santa Barbara
156 miles
Saturday September 9
Day 5
This is a full day pelagic. Scheduled to leave at 7 am and arrive back at 8 pm. We will spend the night after the pelagic at the same motel as the night before.
LA Audubon Pelagic Trip
Pelagic

AMWB pages 50-54

LA Audubon Pelagic Trips
Stardust Sportfishing

BBGPNAT - pages 222-237

Sandpiper Lodge, Santa Barbara
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Sunday September 10
Day 6
Heading inland today towards the town of Maricopa and Mt. Pinos. Good chance for LeConte's Thrasher plus mountain species like Band-tailed Pigeon.
Maricopa, Mt Pinos
High plains, mountains

BGSC - pages 61-73

City of Maricopa

BBGPNAT - pages 222-237

Motel 8 Maricopa
111 miles.
Monday September 11
Day 7
We will finish up in the Maricopa area before we head back down to the coast north of LA. We can be flexible on this day which will allow us to chase rarities or take another shot at species we still need
Coastal birding (Big Sycamore Canyon, Point Mugu, Oxnard Plain, etc.), cleanup day
High plains, coastal

BGSC - pages 61-73, 23-29

BBGPNAT - pages 222-237

Comfort Inn - Ventura
89 miles
Tuesday September 12
Day 8
We will be at the dock at about 8:30 am for the 9 am departure to Santa Cruz Island, home of the Island Scrub Jay. We will be landing at Prisoners' Harbor, the "best" location for the jay. We will have plenty of time to hike and enjoy the island. We will depart the island at about 3 pm returning to the dock about 5 pm. . South to the LA area for our last night
Island Packers boat trip to Santa Cruz Island (9 am departure)
Pelagic, Channel Islands

BGSC - pages 237-238

AMWB pages 294-296

BBGPNAT - pages 222-237

Island Packers
Channel Islands National Park - Santa Cruz Island

Travelodge Hotel at LAX
67 miles
Wednesday September 13
Day 9
An early departure from LA will get us back to Philadelphia about dinner time.

Fly to Philadelphia via San Francisco
6 am departure, arrive 5:19 pm

Start planning of next trip

Airport and airplanes
.
Home Sweet Home
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Accepted responsibilites.........

Deborah - Co-trip leader, purser, cocktail hour snacks, general birding location planning, bird spotting and identification
Bert - Co-trip leader, coordination, printed checklist, maps, website, rental car, primary driver, gin, general birding location planning, bird spotting and identification
Connie - Co-trip leader, flights, second driver, trip report, cocktail hour snacks, San Bernardino Mountains planning, general birding location planning, bird spotting and identification
Rob
- Co-trip leader, loadmaster, Day 2 birding planning, general birding location planning, bird spotting and identification
Karl - Co-trip leader, bird photography, second gin bottle, Salton Sea planning, general birding location planning, bird spotting and identification
Art - Co-trip leader, lodging, Carrizo Plain - Maricopa - Mount Pinos planning, general birding location planning, bird spotting and identification

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Sunrise, Sunset

Los Angeles California, Sunday, September 10 (Day 6), Pacific Daylight Time
Sunrise 6:33 a.m.
Sunset 7:07 p.m.

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Southern California Counties


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Reference Links

Statewide
  California Birding List  
  Creagrus Counties Project  
     
     
Regional
  Inland County Birding List  
     
     
     
County Oriented
  San Diego County
    San Diego County Birding List
    San Diego Audubon Society
    San Diego Birding Locations
    San Diego County Birding Information
    San Diego Birding Hotspots
    Mary Beth Stowe's Website
  Santa Barbara County
    Santa Barbara County Birding List
    Central Coast Birding Trail - Santa Barbara County
    Santa Barbara County Birding
  San Luis Obispo County
    San Luis Obispo Birding List
  Orange County
    Orange County Birding Discussion Group
    Orange County RBA Group
    Where to Bird in Orange County
  Imperial County
    Birds of the Imperial Valley
    Imperial County
  Riverside County
    Riverside County
  San Bernardino County
    San Bernardino County
  Ventura County
    Central Coast Birding Trail - Ventura County
    Ventura Audubon Society
    Birding in Ventura County
  Kern County
    Kern County Bird List
    Kern County Birding
    Kern County Birding Locations
  Los Angeles County
    Los Angeles County Bird List

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Weather

La Jolla (along the coast)
Current Conditions
September Average High 77°F
September Average Low 66°F

Brawley (near the Salton Sea)
Current Conditions
September Average High 102°F
September Average Low 69°F

San Bernardino (inland)
Current Conditions
September Average High 91°F
September Average Low 61°F

Santa Barbara (LA Audubon pelagic departure point)
Current Conditions
September Average High 75°F
September Average Low 59°F

Maricopa (inland)
Current Conditions
September Average High 90°F
September Average Low 65°F

Mt. Pinos Ranger District (inland)
Current Conditions
September Average High 79°F
September Average Low 60°F

Ventura (Scrub Jay excursion departure point)
Current Conditions
September Average High 74°F
September Average Low 59°F

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