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Qualcomm innovates with Crocodeagle

Today, April 1 2009, Qualcomm’s R&D group revealed some of its most exciting and promising projects: the Wolfpigeon, Sharkfalcon and Crocodeagle. How exciting that San Diego should be the birthplace of such innovative wireless technology:

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Great Horned Owl Nesting at Lake Miramar

About a half a mile from the parking lot as you start around the lake going counter-clockwise is a stand of Eucalyptus trees on the right hand side of the road. There, high up in one of the trees, in an abandoned Red-tailed Hawk’s nest, a Great Horned Owl has taken up residence to raise her two chicks. She stares out balefully from the nest with large yellow eyes; her children occasionally raise their heads and peek out, their eyes also a dark yellow, their bodies still covered with down. Crows in the surrounding trees loudly sound their displeasure at her presence; her kind is their most important predator. I hope she and her family find the area hospitable and stay around.

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Birders Flocking to the 2009 San Diego Bird Festival

sdbf This week the San Diego Audubon Society hosts the 13th Annual San Diego Bird Festival at the Marina Village Conference Center. Highlight include keynote speaker David Sibley, author of Sibley Guide to Birds, and Sharon Stiteler, author of the Birdchick blog. There will be plenty of workshop with subjects like Blogging: The New Nature Journal and eBird: Keeping Bird Records Online. There’s even one on Why Woodpeckers Don’t Get Headaches. Vendors such as Leica, Zeiss, and Eagle Optics will have their wares on display from 11 am to 5 pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday.

Birding at Lake Hodges

Last week, local birders reported seeing an adult Bald Eagle and two juveniles near the east end of Lake Hodges. So my wife and I traveled north on Interstate 15 Sunday to see if we could find them. We exited at the Pomerado Road/West Bernardo Drive exit, crossed the bridge, and parked at its west end. Lake Hodges is a little spooky due to all the dead trees rising up from the lake bed. The trees grew during a drought and died when the water later rose and drowned them.

The view of Lake Hodges looking west from the I-15 overpass.

The view of Lake Hodges looking west from the I-15 overpass.

 We didn’t catch sight of the eagles, but were rewarded with a magnificent view of the lake presided over by a regal Osprey attended by two Double-crested Cormorants. 

An Osprey and two Double-crested Cormorants.

An Osprey and two Double-crested Cormorants.

Of course, there were numerous other birds: a Red-tailed Hawk, Great and Snowy Egrets, Black Phoebes, American Coots, and Western Grebes.

An Egret perches in the middle of the lake.
An Egret perches in the middle of the lake.

All in all, worth the trip.

 

Mangrove Warbler Sighted In San Diego

Birders in San Diego are atwitter over a rare and beautiful warbler near the Sports Arena; it’s a Golden Warbler with a difference, it has a red head. This little beauty is living in a bush near the interstate at the intersection of Channel Way and Hancock Street. If you are interested in having a look, you’ll have to be patient. The first time I went down there, he was being shy; I went about a week later and he put on quite a show. Photos can be found at SmugMug, courtesy of Vic Murayama.

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