Sports & Recreation

Bird-watching: A Trip Worth Crowing About

A group of local birdwatchers with the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society spends a day in the Panoche Valley

On Saturday, Jan. 10, approximately 35 people from throughout the Bay Area — from Palo Alto to Monterey, including an individual from Tucson and a handful of people from Hollister — were led by Clay Kemp from the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society on a day of bird watching. The group took a route that Kemp has led off and on for more than 25 years. 

Starting at the Paicines store, the group spent the day traveling throughout the Panoche Valley area of San Benito County in search of the many birds that inhabit the county. By mid-afternoon, the group had managed to spot more than 30 species of birds, including the Eurasian Collared Dove, Mountain Bluebird, Says Phoebe, and California Thrasher among others.  

The Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society offers activities and opportunities for people of all ages to learn about local birds and how to protect them. Visit their website at to learn more about the educational activities, field trips, and resources they have available.


Hello! My name is Joshua Miller and I am a photojournalism student at San Francisco State University and a former Haybaler at San Benito High School. While attending SBHS, I held the position of chief photographer, as well as the photo editor of the 2014 yearbook staff. After graduation, I transferred to Long Beach City College to continue my journalism education. While attending LBCC, I held numerous positions on the college newspaper staff such as editor-in-chief, design editor, photo editor and photographer. When I am not taking pictures, you can usually find me digging through crates of vinyl records in Santa Cruz or collecting antique cameras to restore and use. I have worked for over 8 years professionally as a freelance photojournalist with various media outlets around the state. I am very proud to be able to work with BenitoLink's news team to provide eye-catching photos to the people of San Benito County.