I heard that a pair of Hooded Mergansers were at San Elijo and I wanted to see these lovely ducks that are unusual here.
I arrived in early afternoon on March 29th. It was an overcast day and there were almost no visitors and very few birds and other wildlife visible. After a while, as I stood or sat quietly, I saw lots of nature all around me.
White crowned Sparrows were all around me and the smell of sage was intense at times.
The Lorquin’s Admiral butterflies are out: