Torrey Pines, Del Mar

Sep 12, 2010 by Janine
About 25 minutes north of San Diego, Torrey Pines State Preserve in Del Mar was the highlight of my trip.

I was standing near the spot where the above photo was taken, when I noticed a lot of bird movement in the pine trees. Tiny birds. Their frenetic activities and the soft "peep peep peeps" they made reminded me very much of Long Tailed Tits, my favorite English birds. After some effort, I managed to get one in frame.

I suspected they were Bushtits, and confirmed it later on with iBird. Though nerdy, this app has been very helpful with identifying new birds.

Another shot to show how tiny the bushtit is.

I saw no rattlesnakes which was kind of a bummer.

These lizards were everywhere

California Towhee

Western Scrub Jay, cousin to our rare Florida Scrub Jay

Hummingbirds were abundant


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