Outdoors

A time of shore birds and jasminum

Shore Birds migrating southward are beginning to arrive in San Diego County. Through fall and winter various ducks, sandpipers, and plovers will be spotted in increased numbers in the county’s coastal wetlands. Best bird-watching spots ...

Western ghosts in the Alabama Hills

There must be a cowboy in here somewhere.

When thinking of the Owens Valley along Highway 395 in Central California, you might consider it a gas-station stop on your drive to ski Mammoth Mountain, or maybe a great fishing area with numerous lakes ...

Outdoor life: fishing and hunting

Mission Beach, Salton Sea, Camp Pendleton, Cuyamaca, and San Pedro Martir

A Cast of One In spring in the surf, you are thinking of halibut. Everybody loves halibut. Fished for from shore, halibut offer all that is sporting in angling: a certain elusiveness, the confident strike, ...

Sandpiper season

Heat, sanderlings, and willets abound

San Diego's Warmest Weather, on average, should occur in August through early September, according to statistics compiled from several decades of measurements taken near the San Diego International Airport. In an average year, coastal residents ...

This week's Perseid meteor shower could deliver 200 meteors per hour

Double the normal number of meteors expected this year

Comet Swift-Tuttle graced our skies last in 1992, though it was observed as far back as 69 B.C. by the Chinese. The Earth passes through the particles left behind by the comet every year in ...

Welcome orioles; beware fleas

July's end brings out all sorts

Orioles, the bright yellow or yellow-orange-and-black birds seen flitting among the palm trees, are summer residents of San Diego County's coastal areas. A century ago, the orioles preferred to nest in sycamore trees, which were ...

Comfortable outdoor bathing this weekend

Ocean temps peaking

Ocean Water Temperatures are peaking late this month or are likely to peak in August as a result of many weeks of summer sunshine and warm coastal air temperatures. While the water off shore seldom ...

Thunderheads and elderberry on the horizon

Cumulonimbus Clouds, or thunderheads, are most likely to form over San Diego County's deserts and mountains during the latter part of the summer season, beginning about mid-July. The clouds appear by midafternoon — often the ...

July: San Diego's Driest Month

Agaves, crepe myrtles, native lilies, and cicadas thrive this time of year

According to precipitation data compiled since the year 1850, only four hundredths of an inch of rain falls on average during the month of July, compared to almost two inches in January, the wettest month. ...

Jerry Schad's Afoot and Afield fifth edition on the way

Scott Turner walks in the bootsteps of local hiking pioneer, updates book

Scott Turner has hiked more than a thousand miles carrying Jerry Schad's invaluable <a href="http://Afoot and Afield, so when he offered to update what is the best San Diego hiking franchise, he knew he had ...

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