I have done my share of early mornings, binoculars ready to see and count the next beautiful bird that flits into view.
I've been all over California, and to other states, and continents, too.
Birding is just an excuse to go out and enjoy and learn about the world around you.
So when I received this recent assignment from UC Riverside, I was only too happy to go along.
UCR has incomparable Botanic Gardens that are interesting in any season.
Although it was not "a birdy day," we managed to see some beautiful birds: