It is wonderful to see snow on the mountains and green all around. Our rain is finally improving our dire drought conditions. All the rain has been great for fungi (thanks iNaturalist for fungi ID's), and I'm starting to see more insects. Birds are starting to sing songs looking for mates, and I saw some pairs checking each other out. Each spring I have to brush up on my bird songs. I visited Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim. This is one of my favorite local places. It was a great woodpecker month with several species.
I went out on a pelagic birding trip out of Marina del Rey. The weather was perfect, but birds were few. A highlight was a Rhinoceros Auklet.
I went on a trip with Pasadena Audubon to Quail Lake, Holiday Lake, and Antelope Valley. I saw some good birds at a distance, but it was not a good bird photography trip. One thing of note was how noisy it was. There were lots of trucks passing on the 138, and each one had to blast its horn three times. I am reminded that it seems in even remote areas there is the noise from traffic or airplanes.
Watch the slideshows or click on the links to look through at your own pace.
Enjoy the show! I always appreciate corrections to ID's.
Local stuff: http://kimssight.zenfolio.com/new_feb_2017 (birds first, scroll for insects, art, and misc.)
Rancho Los Cerritos: http://kimssight.zenfolio.com/rancho_los_cerritos_feb_2017
Pelagic Birding Trip: http://kimssight.zenfolio.com/pelagic_trip_feb_2017
Quail Lake and Antelope Valley: http://kimssight.zenfolio.com/quail_lake_feb_2017