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Pines and Needles

Mountain Chickadee

After weeks of sweating this summer, we went on a weekend getaway to Big Bear with a group my husband belongs to. Big Bear is a mountain town about 2.5 hours away from the San Diego area and is a great weekend trip. It’s mostly known for it’s skiing (yes, there is snow in Southern California I was surprised when I first moved here) and the huge lake there.

One of the members owns this amazing cabin¬†(it’s for rent if you’re interested)¬†up there and they let us all crash there. The birding I did while on our hikes was a bust, but the birding from¬†the front porch¬†was AWESOME! The owners has multiple feeders around the property and the place was intensely saturated with feather-friends. And, really, isn’t the best birding done while sitting and drinking wine?

The thing I found great was the overwhelming amount of Mountain Chickadees. As San Diego is to House Finches, Big Bear is to Chickadees.

I’ve never seen so many new bird species (especially while just sitting) in one day than I saw there. I can’t wait to go back!

Eat and Run

Male Common Yellowthroat

I’ve been trying for multiple seasons to get a good shot of a male Common Yellowthroat and I finally managed to get multiple shots in one sitting at the San Diego Botanic Garden! This is¬†my favorite because you can really see the colors on the face.

These little guys never stop moving! It’s like trying to get a shot of a Bushtit, they move around SO much! This one has part of a moth wing and some bark in its mouth heading back to its nest.

Long Legs

Black-necked Stilt

A Black-necked Stilt showing off it’s long legs like a model during fashion week. It’s walking the mud runway modeling this season’s latest feathers.

On another note, you don’t always get to see their feet, so it’s cool to get a shot like this.

Red in the Face

American Avocet

I love American Avocets; they are such beautiful birds. Their heads are bright spots of color amongst the dull greenish-gray of the swampy areas where they hang out.

The day I took this it was really cloudy so the color is pretty muted compared to what they normally look like.

Third Wheel

Western Grebes running

A pair of Western Grebes start their famous mating run only to be joined by a third uninvited guest (the one in front).

If you are in the area, Lake Hodges is totally full of Western Grebes running around. It’s amazing to watch, although they are really far away. They are even too far for my Nikon P600 to get a clear shot. This was the only group that was close enough to get a good photo.