It is much drier than in past years; I was able to walk out an OHV path to a stream where in the past it would have been much too wet. However, still lots of shorebirds - Avocets, Black-necked Stilts and the ubiquitous White-face Ibis everywhere. A Forster's tern or two took turns hunting over a small pond - these birds are infinitely graceful like ballerinas! I surprised - and was surprised by a Black-crowned Night Heron who flew in a circle to check me out and then off and away.
Lots of activity for only a couple of hours. Going back for a day when it is earlier and longer!
Here's some shots for you:
|Yellow-headed blackbird watching me closely.|
|Black-crowned night heron flew in a circle and checked me out.|
|Flower and the bee.|
|Baby coot - he's even uglier than his parents!!!|
|A classic view of the small islands in the pond with white pelicans and cormorants, with Canadian geese on the far shore.|
|The Great Blue Heron rookery is pretty well settled this year.|