Proposed trip to California in early August
I have to be in Los Angeles on the 7th August for several days of business. I like to arrive a few days early, and am wondering if anybody has suggestions as to how I can fill this time profitably mammal-watching.
My current North American list includes Californian ground squirrel, eastern & western grey squirrels, fox squirrel, desert cottontail, Mexican free-tailed bat, elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer. My marine mammal list also has nine species including all the obvious ones. In that regard common stuff like raccoons, opossums and skunks still holds a fascination for this Australian, but overall, anything to increase the list. I also bird so places with a good bird list won’t go unappreciated.
I’ll have a thermal scope, head-light, and binoculars, and can bring a small spotting scope if that is an advantage.
I know this is the summer, so would rather head north than south into the heat. I also would prefer to be looking at animals rather than driving, I’m also aware this is the North American summer school holiday period, so that will probably affect accommodation availability especially along the coast.