The holiday weekend brought the 2004 Birder of the Year, Jody Hildreth
, and his wife, Kelly, to Southern California. We met last February when we converged in the lower Rio Grande Valley for four days of intense birding that added a few lifers to Jody's list. (You can read about that trip in the May/June 2005 issue.)
This visit is their first to California, and they began with the Salton Sea
, of course. Then their itinerary took them to San Diego, where I joined them for dinner on Monday.
(Those are the Santa Catalina Islands.)
On the drive from Orange County to La Jolla, I pulled into a "view point" off the 5 South. Many cars filled the parking lot along the bluff, and a silent group of admirers watched the sun's descent. I enjoyed sharing the images with Kelly, who'll be able to watch the sunset before returning to New York (brrrr).