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JohnTurner 07-08-2007 06:02 PM

Our New Member Introduction
My name is John Turner of La Grange, CA. We've been a WBCCI member since 1999, we currently own a 28-ft Excella, which we just love. Our first Airstream was a 1998 25-ft. Safari, which was traded in for the Excella. Both were purchased at Toscano RV in Los Banos, CA.
My wife, Sandra, and I have been on three WBCCI caravans, the Polar Bear, Yellowhead, and Southwest. We are currently on a waiting list for the Baja California Adventure.
Our six 64-watt solar panels and four batteries allow us to boondock and we usually avoid camping with hookups. I would consider the best camping to be with some friends in a quiet (no generators) locale away from populated areas. Our main hobby is birding, and we have traveled some distances to fulfill that interest. We've birded the entire Texas coast, much of Arizona, New Mexico and California. That said, we would like to meet or discuss birding with others with an interest in birding. I would say our experience in birding is not "advanced" and we're always learning. We are members of the Central Sierra Audubon Society of Sonora, CA.

vswingfield 07-08-2007 06:16 PM

Birding in Arkansas
Hi John,

While I am not a true birder, the big news in Arkansas is a sighting/hearing of the “extinct” Ivory Billed Woodpecker. You can now get Ivory Billed tags here. They were large birds almost the size of chickens

When I was in high school in the late 60s, Arkansas benefited from harsh winters in the north. We had flocks of evening grosbeaks visiting twice. As far as we know, this was the only time grosbeaks came this far south. We were buying so much sunflower seed that we started buying 100 lb bags and having as much as 1500 lbs drop shipped at our garage to redistribute to others in my home town, Paris, Arkansas.


JohnTurner 07-08-2007 06:29 PM

We have Pileated Woodpeckers here in the mountains east of where we live, and they are quite similiar in appearance. We have black-headed grosbeaks here at our home and evening grosbeaks are seen only about 15 miles from here. We are at 1050 ft. elevation in the Sierra Nevada foothills and only 40 miles from Yosemite. So the elevation to the east goes up very quickly.
--John, La Grange, CA

urbanfood 07-08-2007 06:34 PM

welcome to the forums!

can you tell me more about your 64watt panels? what are the dimensions of those? are the mounted on the roof?

lastly, what type batteries do you have?

i'm in the process of a restoration and have toyed with the idea of putting in solar.

moosetags 07-08-2007 07:07 PM

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