My visit to La Jolla at the very end of 2010 was not my first visit to the gorgeous seaside cliffs in southern California.  I’ve visited several times, and have even blogged about the experience previously.  Though there is not a huge variety of birds, especially in winter, the birds that are there are acclimated to people by the constant stream of tourists and sight-seers, making up for the lack of variety.  In past visits I have focused on the gulls and shorebirds of the rocky coast but on this visit, the first one I have made since I became a father, the focus was much more on Desi.  His focus, fortunately, was on the pelicans, which he thought were great.  It was not hard to see why, as the wind was blowing pretty hard off of the Pacific Ocean, causing a nice updraft where the wind met the cliffs.  This meant that the pelicans were soaring close by, often at or below eye level, a real treat!

At one point there must have been a surplus of food available just offshore because every pelican, cormorant, and gull made for the spot.  It was quite the spectacle and made me wish that I had my scope because I am convinced that there were shearwaters out there too.

La Jolla always provides some kind of a spectacle for a naturalist and I never regret visiting.  If you are ever in the San Diego area make sure to make your way to La Jolla.  You will love it!

Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.