Binge watching

Binge watching can be a guilty pleasure. For some, it’s TV or movies. For others, it’s sports. Let me tell you about ours.

We took off on a road trip headed due north, from Calipatria, California (close to the Mexican border) to Portland, Oregon: 1,100 scenic miles in 14 days of driving.

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One of our stops was Monterey, California to just hang out and have a little fun.

If you do the math, you’re wondering why we only drove an average of 70 miles a day – about 1.25 hours driving time. What sense does that make? We do like to take our time to see sights, but our binge watching also explains a lot.

We studied the map of our route and discovered that we were driving along the Pacific Flyway, a route that huge numbers of migrating birds take in the Spring and Fall. The Flyway extends all the way from Patagonia up to Alaska. Along our driving route were some important National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs) where large numbers of birds would be stopping at just this time of year. If we took some time at recommended spots, we’d get to do some quality binge bird watching.

We started at Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR. That was our warmup.

We enjoyed this homey scene of American coots led by a Canada goose on our visit to Vasona Park in Los Gatos.

We enjoyed this homey scene of American coots led by a Canada goose on our visit to Vasona Park in Los Gatos.

We stopped at Colusa NWR and then the Sacramento NWR on one day; followed by Lower Klamath and Tule Lake NWRs the next day.

Most of the birds were skittish and too far away to easily photograph with my camera. This bufflehead was almost able to fly out of the photo frame.

Most of the birds were skittish and too far away to easily photograph with my camera. This bufflehead was almost able to fly out of the photo frame.

We counted ten eagles – both golden and bald - while at Lower Klamath. These are their nesting grounds.

We counted ten eagles – both golden and bald – while at Lower Klamath. These are their nesting grounds.

It wasn’t just birds we watched. We didn’t remember ever having seen a black-tailed jackrabbit before.

It wasn’t just birds we watched. We didn’t remember ever having seen a black-tailed jackrabbit before.

Our binge bird watching lasted several days, and, during that time, we saw a great number of wonderful birds. We suppose like those who binge watch TV or sports, at the end of the trip we were satisfied, happy, and tired all at the same time.

 

 

March 2016

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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7 Responses to Binge watching

  1. Cliff Mail says:

    You must be getting ready for your migration south?

  2. 10 eagles! That is impressive. Love your travel style. You may freak out to hear we drove over 6 hours last Friday to get to Death Valley (a post later this week) to see the desert flowers. We survived, but it’s not smart to spend that much time in the car. Are you keeping out of the rain?

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