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October in Southern California - Page 2. Last updated: 10/15/2011.

A Le Conte's Thrasher allows rare glimpses as it runs between patches of desert scrub in Kern Co., California (10/3/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Le Conte's Thrasher allows rare glimpses as it runs between patches of desert scrub in Kern Co., California (10/3/2011).

A Le Conte's Thrasher allows rare glimpses as it runs between patches of desert scrub in Kern Co., California (10/3/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Le Conte's Thrasher allows rare glimpses as it runs between patches of desert scrub in Kern Co., California (10/3/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Le Conte's Thrasher allows rare glimpses as it runs between patches of desert scrub in Kern Co., California (10/3/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Le Conte's Thrasher allows rare glimpses as it runs between patches of desert scrub in Kern Co., California (10/3/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: Sabine's Gulls offshore near the Channel Islands in Santa Barbara Co., California (10/1/2011).

Sabine's Gulls offshore near the Channel Islands in Santa Barbara Co., California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Sabine's Gulls offshore near the Channel Islands in Santa Barbara Co., California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Pomarine Jaeger off Santa Barbara, California (10/1/2011).

A Pomarine Jaeger off Santa Barbara, California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Red-breasted Nuthatch near Mt. Pinos, California (9/30/2011).

A Red-breasted Nuthatch near Mt. Pinos, California (9/30/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Mountain Chickadee at Apache Saddle, California (10/4/2011).

A Mountain Chickadee at Apache Saddle, California (10/4/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A tarantula near Mt. Pinos, California (10/2/2011).

A tarantula near Mt. Pinos, California (10/2/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A tarantula near Mt. Pinos, California (10/2/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: The California Condors we spotted soaring near Bitter Creek were a sight we'll never forget (10/3/2011).

The California Condors we spotted soaring near Bitter Creek were a sight we'll never forget (10/3/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Bewick's Wren at Lake Piru, California (10/4/2011).

A Bewick's Wren at Lake Piru, California (10/4/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: Common Murres off Santa Barbara, California (10/1/2011).

Common Murres off Santa Barbara, California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Common Murres off Santa Barbara, California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Fin Whale far offshore Santa Barbara, California (10/1/2011).

A Fin Whale far offshore Santa Barbara, California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: Fin Whale waste left before one individual disappeared into the deep.

Fin Whale waste left before one individual disappeared into the deep. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Jawbone Canyon, California (10/5/2011)

Jawbone Canyon, California (10/5/2011) Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: Elephant Seals hauled out in the distance in the Channel Islands, California (10/1/2011).

Elephant Seals hauled out in the distance in the Channel Islands, California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A distant male Lawrence's Goldfinch near Mt. Pinos, California (9/30/2011). Stay tuned for far better photos. A highlight of the trip was encountering a flock of 120 Lawrence's Goldfinches!

A distant male Lawrence's Goldfinch near Mt. Pinos, California (9/30/2011). Stay tuned for far better photos. A highlight of the trip was encountering a flock of 120 Lawrence's Goldfinches! Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Marine Blue on Santa Cruz Island, California (10/2/2011).

A Marine Blue on Santa Cruz Island, California (10/2/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Mola Mola, or Ocean Sunfish, off Santa Barbara, California (10/1/2011).

A Mola Mola, or Ocean Sunfish, off Santa Barbara, California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Northern Fulmar off Santa Barbara, California (10/1/2011).

A Northern Fulmar off Santa Barbara, California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Northern Fulmar off Santa Barbara, California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Rufous-crowned Sparrow near Lake Piru, California (10/4/2011).

A Rufous-crowned Sparrow near Lake Piru, California (10/4/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Rufous-crowned Sparrow near Lake Piru, California (10/4/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

A Rufous-crowned Sparrow near Lake Piru, California (10/4/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Ventura Harbor, California (10/2/2011)

Ventura Harbor, California (10/2/2011) Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: White-headed Woodpecker at Apache Saddle, California (9/30/2011).

White-headed Woodpecker at Apache Saddle, California (9/30/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

With bodyguards

With bodyguards Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Variegated Meadowhawk in Jawbone Canyon, California (10/5/2011).

A Variegated Meadowhawk in Jawbone Canyon, California (10/5/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: An Umber Skipper on Santa Cruz Island, California (10/2/2011).

An Umber Skipper on Santa Cruz Island, California (10/2/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

An Umber Skipper on Santa Cruz Island, California (10/2/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Sooty Shearwater off Santa Barbara, California (10/1/2011). Completing huge figure-eight migrations along the shorelines of the continents, this species completes perhaps the longest migrations of any species.

A Sooty Shearwater off Santa Barbara, California (10/1/2011). Completing huge figure-eight migrations along the shorelines of the continents, this species completes perhaps the longest migrations of any species. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Pink-footed Shearwater near the Channel Islands off Santa Barbara, California (10/1/2011).

A Pink-footed Shearwater near the Channel Islands off Santa Barbara, California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: An adult Long-tailed Jaeger offshore in Santa Barbara Co., California (10/1/2011).

An adult Long-tailed Jaeger offshore in Santa Barbara Co., California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

An adult Long-tailed Jaeger offshore in Santa Barbara Co., California (10/1/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Hermit Warbler near Hughes Lake, California (10/4/2011).

A Hermit Warbler near Hughes Lake, California (10/4/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: The endemic subspecies of Hutton's Vireo found on Santa Cruz Island, California (10/2/2011).

The endemic subspecies of Hutton's Vireo found on Santa Cruz Island, California (10/2/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: I learned that the Becker's White is noted for its fast, direct flight, rarely stopping to nectar. I ran down a canyon wash until this one landed, the only one that I saw well enough to conclusively identify. (Blue Rock Spring Canyon, California, 10/3/2011)

I learned that the Becker's White is noted for its fast, direct flight, rarely stopping to nectar. I ran down a canyon wash until this one landed, the only one that I saw well enough to conclusively identify. (Blue Rock Spring Canyon, California, 10/3/2011) Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: An Island Scrub-Jay on Santa Cruz Island, California. Among other features, this endemic species is distinctly brighter blue and has a much larger bill than its mainland relatives.

An Island Scrub-Jay on Santa Cruz Island, California. Among other features, this endemic species is distinctly brighter blue and has a much larger bill than its mainland relatives. Photo by Bill Hubick.

An Island Scrub-Jay on Santa Cruz Island, California. Among other features, this endemic species is distinctly brighter blue and has a much larger bill than its mainland relatives. Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: The canescens subspecies of Sage Sparrow near Maricopa, California (10/3/2011).

The <em>canescens</em> subspecies of Sage Sparrow near Maricopa, California (10/3/2011). Photo by Bill Hubick.

Desert twilight near Maricopa, California (10/4/2011)

Desert twilight near Maricopa, California (10/4/2011) Photo by Bill Hubick.

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