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Southern California Birding 2013-1
So Cal Birding

After birding all summer, Liz and I got the itch to chase rare birds, so when rare species started showing up in Los Angeles this fall, we held our breath (from memories of so much smog) and headed for the "Land of La." The traffic was bad at times, but it turned out we had a good time. We birded a couple of inland lakes, then continued over to the coast and and spent the night. In the morning, we did a half-day trip out to Anacapa Island (Channel Islands National Park), then headed for home. We came home with four North American Life Birds: Arctic Loon, Blue-footed Booby, Black-vented Shearwater, and Pink-footed Shearwater, plus Yellow-chrevroned Parakeet, a non-native species that is not yet ABA countable.

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Bonelli Park, Puddingstone Reservoir, San Dimas, CA
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Arctic Loon on Puddingstone Reservoir
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Peck Road Water Conservation Park, Arcadia; looking for Blue-footed Booby and Orange Bishop - none seen
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Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, south jetty; looking for shorebirds, gulls, and terns. Lots of birds, but nothing unusual.
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Island Packers Office, Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard
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The Good Ship Vanguard - our ride for the day
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Leaving the harbor - lots of Double-crested Cormorants

The land is fading away
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Jim photographing birds
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Liz enjoying the day out
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Oil drilling platform
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Land ho! The islands are coming into view.
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Sea birds
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Short-beaked Common Dolphin
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Short-beaked Common Dolphin and Heermann's Gull
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California Brown Pelican
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Pink-footed Shearwater
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Black-vented Shearwaters
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Santa Cruz Island in the distance
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US Coast Guard - help is nearby if needed!
SoCal BirdingArriving at Anacapa Island SoCal Birding
We arrived at the north end of Anacapa, then sailed south
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Five Blue-footed Boobies and lots of other seabirds
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Anacapa Island Lighthouse coming into view
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Access stairs to the lighthouse area
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Anacapa Island Lighthouse
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Lighthouse support structures
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Arriving at thee south end of Anacapa Island
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South end of Anacapa Island
SoCal BirdingCalifornia sea lions
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South end of Anacapa Island
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South end of Anacapa Island
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Departing Anacapa Island
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Returning to the harbor
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Everyone was tired by the time we got back
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We drove up to Ventura and saw a Brown Booby in the harbor

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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