Where I've been/What I've seen
Last month, I headed up to the mountains of San Diego for the first time this year with fellow young birder Max leading the way (driving, as usual). After a quick car trip to Lake Cuyamaca, we got out of the car and unsuccessfully tried to look for previously reported Cassin’s Finches. We unfortunately dipped on them, probably due to the cold, breezy weather (there was somehow snow in the parking lot). However, we did pick up the continuing Greater White-Fronted Goose, with extraordinary views of under ten feet, and picked up the highest rated photo of the species for California on eBird. At the lake I also picked up a few year birds, including Violet-green Swallow and Canvasback, two birds of some difficulty to get near the coast, but much easier at higher elevations in the county. We continued to look for the Cassin’s Finches for quite some time before giving up and moving on to Stonewall Mine, on the other side of the lake.
This was a super fun day, and considering it’s the last time I went birding (a month as of today), I most certainly am not taking it for granted.