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October in Southern California - Page 1. Last updated: 10/12/2011.

I couldn't stop photographing Snowy Plovers this trip. Expect many more in later updates! (Malibu, 9/30/2011) Photo by Bill Hubick.

I couldn't stop photographing Snowy Plovers this trip. Expect many more in later updates! (Malibu, 9/30/2011)

I couldn't stop photographing Snowy Plovers this trip. Expect many more in later updates! (Malibu, 9/30/2011) Photo by Bill Hubick.

I couldn't stop photographing Snowy Plovers this trip. Expect many more in later updates! (Malibu, 9/30/2011) Photo by Bill Hubick.

I couldn't stop photographing Snowy Plovers this trip. Expect many more in later updates! (Malibu, 9/30/2011) Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: Snowy Plovers hanging out with a Sanderling

Snowy Plovers hanging out with a Sanderling Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Mountain Chickadee in the hills above Santa Barbara, California (10/1/2011).

A Mountain Chickadee in the hills above Santa Barbara, California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Pygmy Nuthatch near McGill Campground, California (10/1/2011).

A Pygmy Nuthatch near McGill Campground, California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Pygmy Nuthatch near McGill Campground, California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Western Willet at Malibu Lagoon, California (9/30/2011).

A Western Willet at Malibu Lagoon, California (9/30/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A very pink Elegant Tern on the beach at Malibu Lagoon, California (9/30/2011).

A very pink Elegant Tern on the beach at Malibu Lagoon, California (9/30/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A very pink Elegant Tern on the beach at Malibu Lagoon, California (9/30/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: An Audubon's Warbler in Santa Barbara Co., California (10/1/2011).

An Audubon's Warbler in Santa Barbara Co., California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

An Audubon's Warbler in Santa Barbara Co., California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: An American Crow on the beach at Malibu Lagoon, California (9/30/2011).

An American Crow on the beach at Malibu Lagoon, California (9/30/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: Not a crow! A Great-tailed Grackle is molting its tail feathers, much like our East Coast Boat-tailed Grackles and other blackbirds at this time of year. (9/30/2011)

Not a crow! A Great-tailed Grackle is molting its tail feathers, much like our East Coast Boat-tailed Grackles and other blackbirds at this time of year. (9/30/2011) Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: An Oak Titmouse in Santa Barbara Co., California (10/1/2011).

An Oak Titmouse in Santa Barbara Co., California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

An Oak Titmouse in Santa Barbara Co., California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: An immature Pied-billed Grebe with older bird at Malibu Lagoon, California (9/30/2011).

An immature Pied-billed Grebe with older bird at Malibu Lagoon, California (9/30/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: This Queen, related to the Monarch, was a butterfly highlight at Malibu Lagoon, California (9/30/2011).

This Queen, related to the Monarch, was a butterfly highlight at Malibu Lagoon, California (9/30/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: "Thick-billed" Fox Sparrows near Mount Pinos, California (10/1/2011).

"Thick-billed" Fox Sparrows near Mount Pinos, California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

"Thick-billed" Fox Sparrows near Mount Pinos, California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

"Thick-billed" Fox Sparrows near Mount Pinos, California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Clark's Nutcracker in flight near Mount Pinos, California (10/1/2011).

A Clark's Nutcracker in flight near Mount Pinos, California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: California Gulls in Malibu, California (9/30/2011).

California Gulls in Malibu, California (9/30/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

California Gulls in Malibu, California (9/30/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

California Gulls in Malibu, California (9/30/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

California Gulls in Malibu, California (9/30/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Plumbeous Vireo near McGill Campground, California (10/1/2011).

A Plumbeous Vireo near McGill Campground, California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Steller's Jay poses in the morning light near Mount Pinos, California (10/1/2011).

A Steller's Jay poses in the morning light near Mount Pinos, California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: The White-breasted Nuthatches on the West Coast are different from our East Coast birds in many ways, most notably in their vocalizations. I'll post some recordings of them soon.

The White-breasted Nuthatches on the West Coast are different from our East Coast birds in many ways, most notably in their vocalizations. I'll post some recordings of them soon. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Bushtit in Santa Barbara Co., California (10/1/2011).

A Bushtit in Santa Barbara Co., California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Western Bluebird in Santa Barbara Co., California (10/1/2011).

A Western Bluebird in Santa Barbara Co., California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Lodgepole Chipmunk on Mount Pinos, California (10/1/2011).

A Lodgepole Chipmunk on Mount Pinos, California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: An adult Heermann's Gull at Malibu Lagoon, California (9/30/2011).

An adult Heermann's Gull at Malibu Lagoon, California (9/30/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

An adult Heermann's Gull at Malibu Lagoon, California (9/30/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Mormon Metalmark, my favorite new butterfly of the trip, found while searching for California Condors in Santa Barbara Co., California (10/1/2011).

A Mormon Metalmark, my favorite new butterfly of the trip, found while searching for California Condors in Santa Barbara Co., California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: No southern California trip would be complete without tracking down a few Yellow-billed Magpies - Santa Barbara Co., California (10/1/2011).

No southern California trip would be complete without tracking down a few Yellow-billed Magpies - Santa Barbara Co., California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

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