A ''Mostly for Gulls Trip'' to California.
Itinerary organised by Richard Bonser with Mick Southcott,
I am going along to take photographs !
Saturday, 14th February, Mick Southcott and myself met up with Richard Bonser at Heathrow Airport about midday for the 15.00 hours flight to Los Angeles, USA.
We arrived LA, it is now 15.00 hours California time, into car hire, travel north 95 miles to Santa Barbara.
19.00 hours, Santa Barbara we are looking for ''Motel accommodation'',
''Fully booked'', ''fully booked'',
15+ Motels ''fully booked'' ! !
We click ! ! It's Valentines Day ! !
it's now obvious how the Californians spend Valentines Day.
We spent the night in the car ! I had the comfort of the back seat !
However we are on location for Santa Barbara Beach ''Day 1'' Sunday 15th February, 07.00 hours !
Richard's plans for the week are going to take in the coastline of California for ''GULLS''.
Day 1. Santa Barbara Beach
Oceano Memorial Park and Pismo Beach
Morrow Bay, then travel north to
Day 2. Monteray Bay, Fishermans Wharf and Moss Landings,
Half Moon Bay, Venice State Beach then travel north to
Day 3. To based at Petaluma, north of San Fransisco for two nights,
Bodega Bay, North Salmon Creek and
the Russian River estuary at Jenner.
Day 5. Head south to Oaklands, Lake Merrit,
then into San Francisco Golden Gate Park
afternoon at Venice State Beach, Half Moon Bay again, then travel south to Monteray.
Day 6. Leave Monteray, a detour here inland to Earlimart, to visit the Pixlea Wildlife Refuge Park,
Head south to Ventura for accommodation, preparation for
Santa Barbara last day
Day 7. Santa Barbara Beach.
A wander to the airport for return to LA, evening flight home to Heathrow arriving Sunday, 22nd February, 15.00 hours.
Topped up at 1800 miles travelled by car, Richard did all driving, ''big thanks''
07.00 hours, we check out Santa Barbara beach
a bit of sea fog, light not good, so coffee and bagel at Starbucks
08.15 hours, back to Santa Barbara beach, light better, no fog ! !
Heerman's Gull, 1st winter
California Gull, adult winter
California Gull, 2nd winter
Western Gull, adult winter
Western Gull, 2nd winter
Western Gull 1st winter
Glaucous-winged Gull, juvenile
Ring-billed Gull, adult
11.15 hours, Oceano Memorial Park, Pismo Beach, California
Glaucous-winged Gull, 3rd winter
Glaucous-winged Gull, 1st winter
Morrow Bay, 15.30, sea fog, poor light
Western Gull, adult
fog starts to come in from the sea ! !
Ring-billed Gull, adult
Ring-billed Gull, 2nd winter
Day 2 will follow ! !