The birds I've seen have been spoty at best. Here in the valley we are down to only 3.5 inches of rain for the year. Water is a major concern and even the guzzlers I've checked are a few weeks away from being bone dry. Although I've seen birds, I don't think it will be a banner year.
We saw some pretty good numbers while looking for pigs in the Santa Barbara County area (Near lake Cachuma). We had a stellar year last year, just not sure if we're going to have access to the private land this year. Limits were the rule on every trip last year, but I think that spot was a once and a life time deal. All of our other spots are spotty at best and the water availability is pretty poor.
Welcome to Jesse's. I'm kinda in the same boat...every since I left Ventura all my private spots have went by the wayside. They are nice while you have them though.
Have you had any luck around the lake for hogs?
None in that area, saw a ton just south of the lake, but of course those pesky fences and signs ruined any hopes for pork. I forgot the name of the ranch, but i guess he guides for $300 or so for the day. I'll take my chances somewhere else. We saw a lot of old sign in other areas NE of the lake, but weren't there earlier enough to glass anything from afar.