03 Feb 12. Leaving the Shasta area we traveled straight down I-5 arriving in Santa Nella, somewhere in the Central Valley, where we camped in a local motel after having dinner at one of Jan's favorite restaurants in CA, Pea Soup Andersen's, and yes, they are known for their split pea soup. The next morning we made our way to San Diego electing to stay overnight just east in El Cajon, about a 15 minute drive from where we would meet the boat. We arrived early enough in the afternoon that we decided to walk around the local area before grabbing a quick dinner, then walking some more. At one point we both wanted to go in different directions - ever been there? - and we wound up taking the longer of our two options to get back to the motel. As we were walking along a back street we heard this extremely loud raucous sound and as we strained to determine what it was we were hearing, a large flock of wild parrots flew directly in front of us and alighted in a nearby tree. They stayed in the tree squawking at an obnoxious level, then, as we were about two blocks distant, took off for places unknown. Sadly I didn't have the camera with me, as they would have made for an interesting picture. The next morning I asked a local about them and we were informed that they had been coming into town daily for at least the past 16 years, always between 1600 and 1630, irrespective of the time of year, staying for an hour or so, and then leaving. As to their origins no info was available. So no parrot image to share with you, but I was able to get several images of birds of paradise while strolling around Balboa Park in San Diego, so we will have to go with the birds of paradise vice the parrots. ISO 250; 1/125 sec @ f /11.