Imperial Valley/ San Diego CA
Big Year Day 14-15
Big Year Total: 337
Coded birds: 17
Cool animals: Bobcat, Harbor seal
Miles driven. 5680
Hours at sea: 4
Miles walked 32
states/ prov. birded:8
July 15, 2016 Headline, San Diego County Times
Milbank South Dakota big year birder arrested in Mt Laguna Snowball incident that he states was only a misunderstanding. After a report from a fellow birder, James Brown, that Mr. Olaf Danielson had thrown a snowball at him. After learning that such activity is against the law, he reported him to the local authorities as he felt was his responsibility.
Mr. Danielson of rural Milbank, SD, was forced to present himself before a local magistrate and then after the following picture was used as evidence against him during testimony Mr. Brown gave to the court...
Merle Haggard sang...The best of the free life behind us now. And are the good times really over for good? Are we rolling down hill. Like a snowball headed for Hell?
Okay, I'm a little ahead of myself...
After flying into Phoenix, we decided to bird the Southern Pacific route from I-8 through Southern California. We spent the night of the 13th in Gila Bend AZ and got up early to drive to Willton, AZ in the hope of finding a ruddy ground dove but the Green Acres RV park didn't look very birder friendly and the manager was not in so with some hesitation we drove on. No bird is worthy of being arrested for.
We found a photogenic Prairie Falcon, bird #315, a quarter mile east
#320 California Gull
#321 Ferruginous Hawk flew before I could photograph it.
It could have been better but we got what we needed to see. There were thousands of long-billed curlew around and we saw dozens of burrowing owls.