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Birding the Eastern Pacific, April 28
Birding the Eastern Pacific

Day 1 -- April 28, 2014. Las Vegas to San Diego

Liz and I left home during late morning heading south towards San Diego. We got out later then we expected, so we pushed it pretty hard. We did make a quick stop in Hesperia, CA, to photograph Joshua trees, which it turns out are a different subspecies, or perhaps a different species, from the Joshua trees we have at home. At home, we have Eastern Joshua Trees (Yucca brevifolia jaegeriana), while down in California, they have Western Joshua Trees (Yucca brevifolia brevifolia). Eastern Joshua Trees are shorter, more-bush like, and have short leaves. In contrast, Western Joshua Trees are taller, more tree-like, and have long leaves.

We got into San Diego and picked up my mother from one of her friends and dropped her off at another, stopping for dinner at Anthony's Fish Grotto on San Diego Harbor along the way.

With the last of the light, we made a quick run to the San Diego River to enjoy the sunset and spot a few birds. Little Blue Herons, Long-billed Curlew, and Black Skimmers were the highlights.

Finally, we retired to our favorite San Diego hotel: the Dolphin Hotel. The building is old (1979 scraped in a concrete walkway), the rooms are small, but it adds charm to the adventure, the rooms are clean, and the staff is beyond top notch. These folks truly will bend over backwards to help out a visitor.

Birding the Eastern Pacific
Long-leaf Western Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia brevifolia)
Birding the Eastern Pacific
Long-leaf Western Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia brevifolia)
Birding the Eastern Pacific
Details of California Juniper leaves
Birding the Eastern Pacific
Birding the San Diego River at sunset

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