Sunday, March 11, 2018

Oceanside (5th Day)

#20- Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
Mockingbirds are so pretty!  I love the white wingbars.
(Thank you to Jenny the Birder for helping me with the identification!)

Rules aren't for the birds.

#21- Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
When these birds are on the ground they are not even as fabulous, their red wings look more like an orange streak.
Thanks for scaring them Eric!
Or is that not allowed?
Well, I didn't do it.  
I just thanked the culprit... 

Look!  The osprey is on its perch again!
Elle and Ruby had never seen one before.
Oh, and now they want to do a Big Year!  It is contagious! 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Oceanside Big Year (4th Day)

Get on your galoshes girls, its time to go to the cemetery!

Oceanview Cemetery (previously known as I.O.O.F- Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery) was established in 1895.  This is my first time here.  It is a two-fer for me, I am on a birding mission.

#15- Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)

#16- Red-crowned Parrot (Amazona viridigenalis
I ALMOST wasn't going to count this but it is in my Stokes Field Guide so...  

This non-native species endemic to Mexico has lived in California for over fifty years so is considered by Fish and Wildlife as a naturalized species.  

Our next stop was Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center in Oceanside (established in 1987).
There is a short nature walk attached to the nature center which leads out into the lagoon.  

#17- Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna)
This is a female.  The males have a beautiful magenta head.  

#18- Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Achilochus colubris).  Male.

#19- Mallard (Anus platyrhynchos).  Male.

Bike parking.

On top of the nature center is a lookout platform which provides a nice view of the lagoon.  
The free-to-use binoculars are a bonus.

Back in the nature center we had a great time looking at all of the local species.  

Before computers, this circuit board was all you needed.  If you complete the circuit by touching the animal name and the picture of the animal the lightbulb lights up.

Now we all have birds on the brain.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Oceanside Big Beer

I decided a few weeks ago that I/we was/are having an Oceanside Big Year.  So then I thought, okay, why not have an Oceanside Big Beer?  This is a personal challenge to see how many different beers  you can identify in a single calendar year.  

We started with our favorite from last year at Belching Beaver, Orange Vanilla IPA.  But, uh oh, it was not recognizable.  It wasn't the same beer that we remembered from last year, when you could recognize the specific flavors of IPA, orange and vanilla.  We weren't the biggest fans.  But it is a decent IPA.

Eric is just as excited about the Big Beer as the Big Year...
Let's face it.  Alcohol is a depressant.  Birds on the other hand... 

We also tried Thizz is What it is and Good Morning Beautiful.  
We are more of a fan of the name than anything else but Belching Beaver remains our top choice in the area.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Palm Springs 💟💟💟

This may be my favorite bike bike rack.

Originally we wanted to go to the Farm for breakfast but because of the wait we ended up across the street at L'Atelier Cafe, owned by a young French couple.  It was so cute and so delicious.  
Their croissants, which they make in house, were not Costco size, but a perfect French size.
Petit déjeuner- it is called small lunch for a reason.

We drove five minutes away to Taquitz Canyon, owned and operated by the Cahuilla Native Americans, the people who lived here for thousands of years before it became a tourist destination.  It costs $12 per person to hike here, a simple three mile out and back, but I guess it is the least we can do for taking the rest of the land.  I will consider it a donation.  
(Plus, there is the convenience factor...)

So exciting!  We saw big horn sheep!

If this area wasn't scattered with Cahuilla monitors I can guarantee you that there would be people in this pristine water.

Instead we had to wait for the pool.

Our time is coming to an end as we observed our last beautiful and bountiful bougainvillea and dangling metal lamps.

We picked the perfect Italian restaurant to eat at, Kalura Trattoria, owned by real Italians!  
The pasta was fresh and amazing.

Who has ever heard of eggplant filled ravioli?  
It could not have been better.

Chocolate dipped spumoni gelato.  
It is all as good as it looks.

Goodbye for now, Palm Springs!!
(And Brittany.)