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  •  Just got back from the San Diego (14+ / 0-)

    Birding Festival- great trips great leaders and great weather!  Saw lots of Californias- Cal Thrashers, Cal Sea Lions, Cal Ground Squirrels, and these- California Towhees I saw a lot of them, but had a tough time getting a decent picture, for some reason!

    Cal Towhee 6

    •  I envy you! (8+ / 0-)

      Sounds like you had a great time! I was so sad to have to cancel my reservations for the San Diego bird festival. However, I'm now signed up for Godwit Days in Arcata, another bird festival on the northern CA coast, in mid-April. That one is a lot closer and less expensive for me, and I had a great time there last spring, so I figured I'd repeat the experience. This time I signed up for a field trip that's going to try to view Tufted Puffins at this one spot where they say you can see them from the shore, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

      •  I've never seen Tufted Puffin- (3+ / 0-)
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        tgypsy, chantedor, angelajean

        This was my first birding festival and I'll definitely do another  if the opportunity comes along.  I'm thinking either Southwest Wings in Arizona or the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.

        •  Those two bird festivals (3+ / 0-)
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          nookular, angelajean, tgypsy

          sound like great choices! In fact, they are probably among the very best in the country. I know Rio Grande is, and I've met a few people who have been to that festival and could not say enough about how great it was.

          I've been to three different birding festivals thus far, and I enjoyed every one of them them so much that now I'm planning to do a second round of the same three: Monterey, Arcata, and the Mono Basin Birding Chautauqua. These are all within 4 to 6 hours' drive from me, so they are the most doable for me right now both financially and physically. Oh yeah, then there's also our own local Snow Goose Festival in Chico.

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