Saturday, December 7, 2013

Not the Pacific Northwest

December 6, 2013
 As you can see from the photo above I am no longer living in the Pacific Northwest.

At the end of September Marlene and I made a long-dreamed move to the San Diego area. We thought we had a great job working together in a beautiful area. Our best-laid plans didn't work out exactly as we hoped. Our job lasted only 3 weeks. We thought we were going to have to move back to the Pacific Northwest and abandon our dream. It wasn't until December that we found another job in San Marcos in San Diego's "North County." [The city of San Diego is about 20 miles north and south and 10 miles east and west. Every area of the very large San Diego County not in the city limits is either North County or East County.]

So this is the end of this blog. It started covering backyard birds of the Pacific Northwest [See Backyard Birds of Portland, Oregon for links to each common backyard bird]. When I had covered those adequately, I went on to more advanced topics [See Advanced Birding means learning the basics]. In most cases this has been an educational blog, not a personal blog.

I have been thinking about my next blog. Do I really want to start another? Why? What would be its topic? I think a personal blog might be what I want to write. It would still intersperse photos and commentary of birds I see in San Diego, but also cover a myriad of other personal interests and observations. If/when I start such a blog I will put the link below. For now, it is goodbye...

See my new blog: Greg in San Diego

Greg Gillson


  1. I live in Banks, Oregon and really enjoy your blog. You're mention of places like Hagg Lake and Jackson Bottom Wetlands and others I'm familiar with help me realize just which birds I may tend to see in my area. You have inspired me to pay more close attention to all the birds in my backyard. I was so excited to see a Red-Breasted Sapsucker in my backyard this last weekend. I also saw a Varied Thrush which made a bee-line for the reflection in our window and sadly died. Anyway,I will definitely miss your blog as it is/was one of my favorites. Your photos are amazing as well.

    1. Thanks; I'm glad you enjoyed it. Most of the information is "evergreen" rather than time-limited, so hopefully it should be helpful to others for quite a while, even if I'm no longer adding to it.

  2. Love the palms. I know you and Marlene are enjoying the southern Cal sun. You are both missed here in the Pacific Northwest. As you can see in the photo I sent you all here is frozen. It's the only time I miss Cali. Enjoy your new life there and know we all miss you here.

    Marlowe Kissinger and all Pacific Northwest birders.

    1. Thanks, Marlowe.

      I need the sun. I'm amazed I lasted as long as I did in western Oregon (30 years!). Beautiful, but too much cloudy dreariness for me. We had a couple of days of frost here in San Marcos, but reached 68-70F by noon. Last two days reached 83F. Cools down right after noon to 75F with coastal breeze and some scattered clouds, as it also does on hot days in summer. We're loving the climate and getting accustomed to the new job.