Saturday, March 28, 2015
Thursday, March 12, 2015
|Eastern Screech Owl by Thom Barnell|
Sunday, March 08, 2015
|American Kestrel Couple|
|Red Shouldered Hawk Couple|
|Red Tailed Hawk|
|Ferruginous Hawk - internet|
Lack of large lakes didn't discourage this Osprey though. He sat in a tree above a shrunken vernal pond, and actually dove in, although he didn't catch anything and returned to the same branch to continue his watch without paying any attention to us at all.
|Varied Thrush - internet|
Everyone was excited to find a Varied Thrush, skulking in the shade under a picnic table. The Varied Thrush is rarely seen outside the Pacific Coast. You can just see his orange eyebrow in my photo, so I borrowed one from the Internet for comparison.
The cute little Burrowing Owl was my target bird for this trip, and we finally found him along the edge of a large cattle field. Ground squirrels are all over in this area, but we couldn't drive or walk to get a closer look at the owl. In the last four days, we saw 11 raptor species, 25 new Life birds, and a grand total of 139 species! We were honest and did not include any bird that we didn't actually get a look at, even though the leaders saw it. What a weekend!
|Western Gulls after Popcorn|
|Brown Pelican over Kelp Bed|
|Brown Pelican over glassy sea|
|Large Western Gull, Small Immature Ring-billed Gull|
|Brown Booby and Pelagic Cormorant|
|Brandt's and Double-crested Cormorants|
|Double-crested Cormorant with white "crests"|
|Sea Lions Sunning on Buoy|
|Sea Lions Sunning on Dock|
|Dolphins off the bow|
Friday, March 06, 2015
|Acorn Woodpecker larder tree|
Of course, most of the birds at the shore are big enough to see, even though they are mostly the same color. In the mountains, many birds are really really small, and love to zip from one branch to another before you can focus on them.
But then some of the bigger birds - woodpeckers and jay - show up.
Wednesday, March 04, 2015
|Northern Harrier Male|
|American Kestrel Female|
|Brant Geese and American Wigeon in Bay|
|Green-winged Teal dabbling in shallows|