A range of medical issues kept us restricted to the states in the latter part of 2016 and 2017. None-the-less me managed to photograph a number of new species.

We traveled to Oregon in August to observe the total eclipse and went on to the San Juan Islands for a week. On a boat trip there we saw a Marbled Murrelet. In September we went on a pelagic trip out of Dana Point with the Pasadena Audubon Society and added Black-vented Shearwaters, a Pomarine Jaeger and several Craveri’s Murrelets..

In Costa Mesa we saw six different birds that were not native to California: Nutmeg Mannikin, Red-whiskered Blubul, Red-crowned Parrot, Pin-tailed Whydah, Japanese White-eye, and Zebra Finch. I wrote an article about these that will appear in a 2019 issue of Birdwatchers Digest. Also photographed a Sharp-shinned Hawk that happened to land in the street as well as a raft of Western Bluebirds visiting the bluebird feeder in our front lawn.

On a trip to Las Vegas, that included a free all day tour of the Atomic Bomb Testing Sites, we stopped off at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge and added a Lewis Woodpecker.

Finally, in early December we flew to Texas to see the Whooping Cranes at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and then onto the King Ranch, Bentson-Rio Valley State Park, Santa Ana National Wildlife Preserve, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Preserve and related areas in South Texas. These will be presented in a separate section
www.ComingsBirds.com/SouthTexas.





Glaucous-winged Gull 152Mew Gull 152Lewis Woodpecker 152Marbled Murelet 152Pin-tailed Whydah 152Pomerane Jaeger 152Sharp-shinned Hawk 152Western Bluebird 152