As much as I whine about non-natives like mustard, it does make for a fine photo. Thanks to Brian for sending this one in, that panoramic app for the Iphone is just so cool. Frankly I’m amazed I just used the word “app” in a sentence and it wasn’t followed by “etizer”.
A full docket of whimsical wonder on tap for this weekend, check the handy dandy calendar before you lace up your hiking boots. OVLC has their “Wild on Ojai” program, a two day affair that will delight any nature lover. Allen Bertke from the Ventura Audubon Society will be introducing you to the many fine feathered friends of the Ojai Meadow Preserve. Friday night will be a “getting to know you” program at the OVLC headquarters where Allen will have a slide show and a free birding kit for the first 50 participants. Special attention will be paid to the 12 birds you will be focusing on for the Saturday Bird count. Results of the count will be reported to the Cornell University school of Ornithology. Allen was kind enough to take a few questions from your humble narrator:
1. What makes Ojai/ Ojai Meadow Preserve unique in terms of bird populations and migrations?
3. 3 Birds you might see….
4. 3 Birds it would be a minor miracle to see...
5. Recommendations for someone on their very first bird hike so as not to get overwhelmed
6. Favorite bird Apps for smartphones?
7. Birds still on your personal “bucket list”
Golden-crowned Kinglet, Least Bittern. My nemesis for my personal Yard List is the Townsend’s Warbler. Although I have seen them all over Ojai and nearly everywhere else, I have yet to see one in my own yard to add to the 107 other species on the yard list!
Thanks Allen! Also Dr. Lanny Herbwalk will be leading his crew through the Murietta loop, someone please take a picture of the Humboldt Lily if they are blooming
Thanks for reading, hope to see some of you on Saturday for the Ojai Museum native plant/treasure sale.