Ever since we saw the bald eagles at Lake Mathews, my wife and I have been noticing birds. Here are some recent pictures of a few birds near Lake Mathews in Riverside…
Animals and Nature
My wife has a knack for spotting interesting birds.
I had a camera with me yesterday when she pointed out some birds, so we stopped to take a few pictures. We aren’t bird experts, so please let me if I found the wrong names on the Internet.
Female Belted Kingfisher:
Male Red-winged Blackbirds:
I took the pictures above with a point and shoot camera. Unfortunately, I didn’t even have that with me when we saw an Osprey last December.
Driving by Lake Mathews today, my wife yelled, “There they are!”
She was referring to the bald eagles we have heard about that nest at Lake Mathews during the winter. Here is the iPhone picture I snapped when we pulled over:
We immediately turned around and headed home to grab our cameras. When we returned, we were fortunate that this beautiful bald eagle was still hanging around enjoying a meal:
Just as I was walking along the roadway to try a different vantage point, the eagle flew away…
Fortunately, the eagle landed on the Cajalco side of the dam. Although we couldn’t get close enough to get great pictures, we still managed to get a few that were decent enough to post:
Seeing our national emblem out in the wild was such a great experience.
“The Congress finds as follows: (1) The bald eagle was designated as the national emblem of the United States on June 20, 1782, by our country’s Founding Fathers at the Second Continental Congress. – From the American Bald Eagle Recovery and National Emblem Commemorative Coin Act
A few facts from The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service:
Distinguished by a white head and white tail feathers, bald eagles are powerful, brown birds that may weigh 14 pounds and have a wingspan of 8 feet. Male eagles are smaller, weighing as much as 10 pounds and have a wingspan of 6 feet. […]
Eagles mate for life, choosing the tops of large trees to build nests, which they typically use and enlarge each year. Nests may reach 10 feet across and weigh a half ton. They may also have one or more alternate nests within their breeding territory. […]
Bald Eagles may live 15 to 25 years in the wild, longer in captivity.
After watching this beautiful creature for a few moments, it flew away.
A few tweets from the Newport Beach Lifeguards Twitter account…
Lifeguards ended Water Closure @ 4:30pm
A Shark Advisory in effect from Twr 10 to 44.
Will reevaluate Tues AM. pic.twitter.com/gZOXekbivU
— Newport Lifeguards (@NewportBeachLG) October 20, 2015
Lifeguards are currently monitoring the area and will reevaluate the closure midafternoon. pic.twitter.com/wKqhJ6XlhP
— Newport Lifeguards (@NewportBeachLG) October 19, 2015
At 11am today NB Lifeguards confirmed the sighting of a 8’ shark off the Newport Pier
Lifeguards have closed the water from 10th to 44th st.
— Newport Lifeguards (@NewportBeachLG) October 19, 2015
Here are a few pictures from the Dog Daze costume contest at Corona Crossings last Sunday. I didn’t know this was going on, otherwise I would have brought a real camera and taken more pictures of the costumed pups walking the red carpet.
Moreno Valley’s Recreational Trails Board will be sponsoring the following free hikes in 2014 (difficulty rated by Moreno Valley):
- January 25, 2014
Hike to Terri Peak (DIFFICULT)
- March 22, 2014
Hike to San Timoteo Canyon (MODERATE)
- May 24, 2014
Hike to Olive Mountain (DIFFICULT)
- July 26, 2014
Hike to Hidden Springs (MODERATE)
- September 27, 2014
Hike to Lake Perris (MODERATE)
- October 25, 2014
Hike to Box Springs M Trail (DIFFICULT)
We hope to attend as many as we can.
For more information, click here for details.
Even though we have more than our fair share of pets, we decided to head over to our local Riverside County animal shelter yesterday to see the dogs and cats. The only problem with going is that we want to bring them all home with us.
If you are looking for a furry companion, there are plenty of friendly faces waiting for you at your local shelter. Here are a few of them from yesterday:
Want to find a pet of your own? Visit www.rcdas.org to find your local shelter.
Earlier this year we hiked up to the giant “M” that overlooks Moreno Valley on Box Springs Mountain. Last weekend we hiked up to the big UCR “C” that overlooks UCR and Riverside (also on Box Springs Mountain).
The trail is defined on Google maps, so just search for “The Big “C” Trail, 92507″ on maps.google.com if you are interested in finding the trail. If you decide to hike to the “C”, please be careful since you have to walk over an active railroad line.
Update 10/14/2015… Please see this warning from the city and university posted to Facebook on 10/13/2015 that fast-moving Metrolink trains will begin running on these tracks:
Also, make sure you bring enough water.
I think our hike up to the “M” was longer, but I remember it being a gradual climb with a few steep parts. The “C” hike seemed to be steeper and more challenging, or maybe I’m just in worse shape now than I was when we hiked up to the “M”. My kids had no problem making it up to the “C”, so that should probably tell me something. Actually, I saw a few younger and fitter people hiking up the trail on our way down who were doing their own share of huffing and puffing, so I don’t feel too bad.
The “C”, along with many of the rocks on the way up, is covered with graffiti. There was some trash, but not as much as I expected considering this is probably a place that some college students visit for extracurricular activities (if I had gone to college at UCR, I would have spent time up there). Of course, no trash would be better.
Here is an old picture of the “C” without the graffiti from UCR’s website:
The view is definitely worth the climb.
My size thirteens on the “C”…
A little history about the “C” from UCR’s website (retrieved 11/30/12):
The big “C” on Box Springs Mountain is made with cement and equipment donated by the E.L. Yeager Construction Co. Surveying work is done by students. At 132 feet long, it is the largest concrete block letter on record.
Looking for more hiking spots in and around the Inland Empire? Check out our list of Places to Hike in Riverside and Beyond. #hikeriverside