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Bourbon, Bastards and Birds · 22h ago

Puerto Rico Winter Tour Y2K16: Refugio de Vida Silvestre de Boquerón, Cabo Rojo

It's been a weird winter here in the bay area. It seems to rain constantly, and I am in a persistant daze due to the newborn baby that strangely requires frequent attention. However, I can't...
Bourbon, Bastards and Birds · 1W ago

The Birder's Guide To The Internet, 2017 Edition

1994. That was the year I officially became a birder. It was a good time to be a birder, but everything was much, much harder. You think birding is hard now? Well back then, you could get lo...
Bourbon, Bastards and Birds · 2W ago

Roadside Attractions, A Particular Cuteness, Sustained Facemelt, Dorsal or Death

One of the good birding opportunities that comes packaged with going to SoCal every year is my favorite rest stop on Highway 101. That's right, the Patagonia rest stop is not my favorite res...
Bourbon, Bastards and Birds · 2W ago

Bourbon, A Bastard, and Birds.

Many have whined about the lack of bourbon coverage on this blog over the years. While I do drink a lot of it, and it is a sensational and most inspirational spirit, this is a birding blog.....
Bourbon, Bastards and Birds · 3W ago

The Rorschach Thrush

*editor's note: in the following paragraphs there is a suggestion that the arrival of the Swainson's Thrush is concurrent with the spring equinox. As this is undoubtedly true for some parts ...
Bourbon, Bastards and Birds · 3W ago

Multiple Birdgasms: The Ventura Little Gull

Before I was #7, before I was Seagull Steve, I was the Ventura County Kid. I began birding in Ventura, California, when I was 12 years old. My dad and I wandered into the Ventura Settling Po...
Bourbon, Bastards and Birds · 1M ago

Puerto Rico Winter Tour Y2K16: La Parguera, Maricao, Puerto Rican Nightjar, Laguna Cartagena

In the afternoon, we called it quits at Cabo Rojo and headed east to La Parguera for some good old-fashioned geri birding. The "hardware store" in La Parguera was easy enough to find, though...
Bourbon, Bastards and Birds · 1M ago

Fulfilling Destiny: The Five Mile Challenge

Last week I decided to take an impromptu day off...it had been raining day after day on end, we were finally going to get a break, and I wasn't very busy at work. It turns out when you are a...
Bourbon, Bastards and Birds · 1M ago

2016's Biggest Misses

I saw many species of birds in 2016, but Common Eider was not one of them. Not birding within a species' normal range tends to lead to stuff like that happening. Though I mourned the absence...
Bourbon, Bastards and Birds · 1M ago

Puerto Rico Winter Tour Y2K16: Guanica Dry Forest, Cabo Rojo NWR

This is going to be a massive post...hopefully friends who are about to head to Puerto Rico in the coming days will appreciate it. So without the usual preliminary bullshitting, here we go.....