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Page 1 of California photos. Last updated: 7/10/2011.

A male Lazuli Bunting sings triumphantly from a favorite perch in the hills above Garberville, California (7/4/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Above and below: A male Lazuli Bunting sings triumphantly from a favorite perch in the hills above Garberville, California (7/4/2011).

A male Lazuli Bunting sings triumphantly from a favorite perch in the hills above Garberville, California (7/4/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A male Lazuli Bunting sings triumphantly from a favorite perch in the hills above Garberville, California (7/4/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A male Lazuli Bunting sings triumphantly from a favorite perch in the hills above Garberville, California (7/4/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A male Lazuli Bunting sings triumphantly from a favorite perch in the hills above Garberville, California (7/4/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Blue Whale in Monterey Bay, California - the largest creature that has ever lived!

A Blue Whale in Monterey Bay, California - the largest creature that has <em>ever</em> lived! Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Blue Whale in Monterey Bay, California - the largest creature that has <em>ever</em> lived! Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Blue Whale in Monterey Bay, California - the largest creature that has <em>ever</em> lived! Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Blue Whale in Monterey Bay, California - the largest creature that has <em>ever</em> lived! Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Blue Whale in Monterey Bay, California - the largest creature that has <em>ever</em> lived! Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: California Sea Lions in Monterey Bay, California (7/1/2011).

California Sea Lions in Monterey Bay, California (7/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Pelagic Cormorant in Monterey Bay, California (7/1/2011).

A Pelagic Cormorant in Monterey Bay, California (7/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Western Gull feeds its two downy chicks in Monterey Harbor, California (7/1/2011).

A Western Gull feeds its two downy chicks in Monterey Harbor, California (7/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Pigeon Guillemot in Monterey Bay, California (7/1/2011).

A Pigeon Guillemot in Monterey Bay, California (7/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Pigeon Guillemot in Monterey Bay, California (7/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Pigeon Guillemot in Monterey Bay, California (7/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A terribly distant photo of a spectacular bird - my first Black-footed Albatross, soaring through the fog in Monterey Bay, California (7/1/2011). Thankfully the looks were a lot better than this photo suggests! Conditions were pretty challenging for the first half of the trip.

A terribly distant photo of a spectacular bird - my first Black-footed Albatross, soaring through the fog in Monterey Bay, California (7/1/2011). Thankfully the looks were a lot better than this photo suggests! Conditions were pretty challenging for the first half of the trip. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Heermann's Gull in Pacific Grove, California (7/1/2011).

A Heermann's Gull in Pacific Grove, California (7/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: An immature Western Gull in Pacific Grove, California (7/1/2011).

An immature Western Gull in Pacific Grove, California (7/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Monterey: such a paradise that even the Rock Pigeons feast on clam chowder bread bowls.
And no, that wasn't one of ours. I do not share mine.

Monterey: such a paradise that even the Rock Pigeons feast on clam chowder bread bowls.<br />And no, that wasn't one of ours. I do not share mine. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A summering drake Surf Scoter in Monterey Harbor, California (7/1/2011).

A summering drake Surf Scoter in Monterey Harbor, California (7/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: Black Oystercatchers roosting in Pacific Grove, California (7/1/2011).

Black Oystercatchers roosting in Pacific Grove, California (7/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Black Oystercatchers roosting in Pacific Grove, California (7/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Black Oystercatchers roosting in Pacific Grove, California (7/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Wrentit poses for me at Watsonville Slough, California (7/1/2011).

A Wrentit poses for me at Watsonville Slough, California (7/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Wrentit poses for me at Watsonville Slough, California (7/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Wilson's Warbler so charged up that he's singing from a telephone wire in Watsonville, California (7/1/2011).

A Wilson's Warbler so charged up that he's singing from a telephone wire in Watsonville, California (7/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Wilson's Warbler so charged up that he's singing from a telephone wire in Watsonville, California (7/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: Great-tailed Grackles continue their advance. This female is one of several we encountered at Watsonville Slough, California (7/1/2011). This is the farthest north I have encountered the species.

Great-tailed Grackles continue their advance. This female is one of several we encountered at Watsonville Slough, California (7/1/2011). This is the farthest north I have encountered the species. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: An adult American Coot with tiny young at Watsonville Slough, California (7/2/2011).

An adult American Coot with tiny young at Watsonville Slough, California (7/2/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: American White Pelicans over Watsonville Slough, California (7/2/2011). We also had brief looks at a continuing, singing male Lawrence's Goldfinch here.

American White Pelicans over Watsonville Slough, California (7/2/2011). We also had brief looks at a continuing, singing male Lawrence's Goldfinch here. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A favorite sight of Monterey Bay, a Sea Otter floating and feasting on fresh seafood (7/1/2011).

A favorite sight of Monterey Bay, a Sea Otter floating and feasting on fresh seafood (7/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: One of the world's rarest conifers, Santa Lucia Fir (Abies bracteata), also known as Bristlecone Fir, at Palo Colorado, California (7/1/2011). Thanks to local naturalist Larry for pointing these out. He also pointed out the southermost Douglas Fir in the range.

One of the world's rarest conifers, Santa Lucia Fir (<em>Abies bracteata</em>), also known as Bristlecone Fir, at Palo Colorado, California (7/1/2011). Thanks to local naturalist Larry for pointing these out. He also pointed out the southermost Douglas Fir in the range. Photo by Bill Hubick.

One of the world's rarest conifers, Santa Lucia Fir (<em>Abies bracteata</em>), also known as Bristlecone Fir, at Palo Colorado, California (7/1/2011). Thanks to local naturalist Larry for pointing these out. He also pointed out the southermost Douglas Fir in the range. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: An Acmon Blue at Palo Colorado, California (7/1/2011).

An Acmon Blue at Palo Colorado, California (7/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Band-tailed Pigeon flies past a vista near Big Sur, California (7/1/2011).

A Band-tailed Pigeon flies past a vista near Big Sur, California (7/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A beautiful Variable Checkerspot at Palo Colorado Canyon, California (7/1/2011).

A beautiful Variable Checkerspot at Palo Colorado Canyon, California (7/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A beautiful Variable Checkerspot at Palo Colorado Canyon, California (7/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Pacific-slope Flycatcher in Palo Colorado Canyon, California (7/1/2011).

A Pacific-slope Flycatcher in Palo Colorado Canyon, California (7/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Pacific-slope Flycatcher in Palo Colorado Canyon, California (7/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Pacific-slope Flycatcher in Palo Colorado Canyon, California (7/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Woodland Skipper in Palo Colorado Canyon, California (7/1/2011).

A Woodland Skipper in Palo Colorado Canyon, California (7/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Steller's Jay poses for close-ups in Humboldt Redwoods SP, California (7/4/2011).

A Steller's Jay poses for close-ups in Humboldt Redwoods SP, California (7/4/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Steller's Jay poses for close-ups in Humboldt Redwoods SP, California (7/4/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Western Meadowlark poses dramatically in the hills above Garberville, California (7/4/2011).

A Western Meadowlark poses dramatically in the hills above Garberville, California (7/4/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Western Meadowlark poses dramatically in the hills above Garberville, California (7/4/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

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