Sunday, November 28, 2010


This was the first guy I saw when I went to the Cibola. I thought I was being so smart and used my GPS for directions. OMG what a mistake that was, I passed a sign that pointed to the Cibola but GPS knows best so I kept going. Told me to turn on this dirt road, GPS knows best. Drove about 8 miles into the middle of nowhere and there's this big sign, Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, but it wasn't where I was suppose to be. There was nothing there except dirt.

Now I have a map sitting right next to me. Do I look at it, no, I reset the GPS for the town of Cibola and followed it right back to Blythe and I10. I didn't want I-10. I looked at my map and with it, drove right to the Wildlife headquarters. ( I told the Ranger what had happened and he said another couple had the same thing happen to them. )

Rule one, don't use your GPS to get to the Cibola.

When I am finally on the right road and about to cross the Colorado River, I come to a sign. Dangerous Bridge - cross at your own risk. Okay, I've driven around, lost for an hour and now I have this bridge, Its a one laner and I'm seriously thinking about turning around when a motorhome comes and crosses. Ok, it made it, I'll make it. And I did.

I've got to go back as it was wonderful. There are about 8 places to stop and birdwatch but I took the Goose Auto tour first. Its right behind the headquarters and about a 3rd of the way around, there is a Nature Tail you can take to a blind. It was nice, heard lots of birds but didn't seem much. Driving around was were the action was.

The Sand Cranes were so cool and off in the distance there were tons of Snow Geese, both winter residents. Bluebirds and quail and even roadrunners. Kestrals were there by the dozens and hawks.

Yeah, I've got to go back and check out the rest but I found another road, and another bridge without a warning sign. I think I'll go that way
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Saturday, November 27, 2010


I haven't a clue, my trip to the Cibola was laced with lots of "dont have a clue" birds
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Later: Okay my friends came through and said this guy is an Egyptian Goose. Not even listed as a rare siteing at the Cibola. Cool huh
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White-faced Ibis. They are huge

Yellow-heads were ignoring the Starling?
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Heres another view. He was smaller than a jay
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So, what about this cute guy? My guess, a bluebird LOL
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Visited the Cibola Wildlife Refuge yesterday and really enjoyed the Sandhills. They were all over the place.
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Sunday, November 07, 2010

Visitors to my backyard

I heard them first, a strange ka ka kaw sound and finally my curiosit got the better of me and I went to investigate. There were about a half dozen California Quail right on my porch and while they are often shy and quick to bolt, the screen door protected us both and I was able to admire them close up.

Daughter and Donnie are coming for a visit today and I just found out the 29 Palm Weed Show is still going on. Both should enjoy that and then up to Joshua Tree for the grand tour and lastly down to Crossroads for lunch/dinner.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Things you notice while stuck in traffic

Yes,up here in the desert where you can see 30 miles in all directions, I was stuck in a traffic jam trying to get on base and while I sat, I noticed this utility poll that was hosting a couple dozen doves. Now my question is....why this particular pole? I passed pole after pole, empty of anything but dust, and then I come to this pole and its full of birds. The only discernable difference between the poles is this one makes a 90 degree turn, but thats all.

Well, I guess I have my favorite chair so why shouldn't birds have their favorite pole.

Heading for Morongo today. Going to take my bird book and maybe the camera.