We flew to LA and then drove down to San Diego, after birding around this area, we visited Anza Borrego Desert and Salton Sea area. The Salton Sea must be one of the weirdest places I've ever been to. Quite alien looking, but fantastic for birds!
Gambel's Quail was one of our target birds to see and this one showed off for us quite well.
One of the most beautiful places we visited was Joshua Tree National Park. The scenery was so different from anything I'd ever encountered before. I wish I'd taken more scenery pictures now.....easy with hindsight I guess.
The last area we stayed in for this first installment was the lovely San Jacinto mountains close to LA.
We stayed in a fantastic cabin in a town called Idyllwild. It was certainly idyllic up there.
This Mountain Chickadee posed long enough for me to get a reasonable photo.