WHO WAS WHO IN CALIFORNIA BIRDING
1965-1989
BRUCE BROADBOOKS  [N. Bruce Broadbooks]
Bruce Broadbooks is an active California birder who has been traveling the State for birds for almost the entire time of our period of review (1965-1989) and continues to do so to this day (2005). He lives in the Los Angeles area and has made many a long car trip for some vagrant with other longtime birders, including Herb & Olga Clarke, Arnold Small, Larry Sansone, Shum Suffel, and many others. He first appears in Audubon Field Notes in the fall of 1966 (an autumn in which he found several eastern vagrant warblers) and has been going strong ever since. Much of his birding has been with others; indeed, in trying to locate old photos for this project, both shots of Bruce had to be clipped from group shots that portrayed many others!

Bruce has been a member of the American Bird Association since its founding in 1968, and in the ABA's first published rankings of California listers in 1969, Bruce held the #7 spot. He remained somewhere between the 4th highest and 7th highest State lister throughout the 1970s, but with steadfast purpose, endurance, and many, many long drives later, had climbed to the 3rd position in the mid-1980s. By 1988 he was tied for second on the California state list (with Jon Dunn), behind only Guy McCaskie. After the close of our period of review in 1989, Dunn would travel widely as a tour leader but Bruce continued to chase most every vagrant possible. He was #2 in the State for a period in the 1990s and today (2005) he is 3rd or 4th on the California list.

Invariably a gentlemen and an easygoing companion, Bruce is also a keen field birder with a list of many vagrants found to his credit. He has also traveled widely throughout North American and around the world in pursuit of birds, and has been a regular at many ABA and WFO conventions.

Photo (left or above) from Pt. Pelee, Ontario, in May 1975 © Herb Clarke
Photo (below right) shows Bruce at the Gyrfalcon, near Davis YOL, 23 Jan 1982 © D. Roberson

Significant bird records: many records of local interest, and those of Statewide significance include
  • Dusky-capped Flycatcher  29 Nov 1975  Furnace Creek INY 2nd CA record [co-finder]
  • Prothonotary Warbler  2 Oct 1966  Morro Bay State Park SLO 3rd CA record [co-finder]
  • Blackburnian Warbler  24 Sep 1966  Tijuana River valley SD 3rd southern CA rec
  • Reddish Egret  11 Nov 1967  Bolsa Chica ORA 10th CA rec [but unsubmitted to CBRC]

All photos © to photographers identified on this page; all rights reserved.
All text © Don Roberson; all rights reserved.

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