Monthly Archives: January 2014

Birding – introduction

I consider myself to be a casual birder.  I grew up in a family of enthusiastic birders, drifted away from the hobby when I went away to college, and recently have become more interested again as an enhancement to my … Continue reading

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Birding at Rush Ranch

My visit to Rush Ranch (see here for hike details) included quite a few bird sightings, notably two new entries to my life list.  This post is a short summary of the hike from the birding perspective.  Since I was … Continue reading

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Rush Ranch Open Space – Marsh and South Pasture Trails

Rush Ranch Open Space, located outside Fairfield in southern Solano County and operated by the Solano Land Trust, is a 2000-acre open space area that includes different ecosystems: freshwater and salt marsh, pasture, and grasslands.  There are 3 loop trails, … Continue reading

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Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve

Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve is in Contra Costa County south of Antioch and Pittsburg and west of Brentwood, at the eastern edge of the Diablo Range.  The area was a center for coal (black diamond) mining in the second … Continue reading

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Los Vaqueros Watershed: Valley View and Homestead Trails

Los Vaqueros Watershed is relatively new, having opened to recreational use in 1999, and is owned and managed by the Contra Costa Water District.  The open space is about 20,000 acres surrounding Los Vaqueros Reservoir.  The terrain is open grassland … Continue reading

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Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve to Black Mountain

Some might say that the route for this hike was the hard way to get up to the top of Black Mountain, the highest point on Monte Bello Ridge and the second highest point (after Castle Rock) in the Sierra … Continue reading

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Fremont Older Open Space Preserve

This exploration of Fremont Older Open Space Preserve began as a plan to hike one loop, or possibly two, and I decided mid-hike to include an additional out-and-back section to the edge of nearby Stevens Creek County Park.  The total … Continue reading

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