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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 June 2018 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, and other areas in South Texas. These will be presented in a separate section:, and

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