Saturday, August 2, 2008

One more heron

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Virgina Rail

Virgina Rail
Virgina Rail


We are pretty sure this is a Virgina Rail. We ran into him at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. At first we thought he might be a green heron, or maybe a least bittern, but unless someone can convince us otherwise, we are sticking with the Virginia Rail.

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Blogger Rogue Woman said...

This is the Virginia Rail for sure. He hangs out in the ponds at San Joaquin, you were lucky to see him!

May 27, 2012 at 12:03 AM  

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Black-necked Stilt

Black-necked Stilt
Stilt

We visited the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary and got these photos of the black-necked stilt.

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American Avocet

American Avocet
Avocet
American Avocet

Photo of an Avocet, taken in California. Because he has long legs and a long bill, we were surprised to see him swim and eat like a duck, not a stilt.

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Marbled Godwits

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SandPipers
Godwit

Photos of Marbled Godwits, a type of Sandpiper, taken in California

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Ducks

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Duck

We skimmed our bird books and can't really identify these.

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Anonymous Kathleen said...

Bottom photo looks like a female Mallard. They're plentiful in northern California ponds and lakes.

May 1, 2009 at 8:24 AM  

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Least Sandpiper

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From Tom in Mount Taber, NJ: Downy Woodpecker & Female Cardinal




First, A downy woodpecker at my feeder today. I noticed that he would eat from the tray, and not perch on the openings.
Second, a female cardinal – she was accompanied by what I believe is a juvenile – much more red, but not fully, like a grown male.
Taken in Mount Tabor, NJ

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Great Blue Heron Nests

Great Blue Heron Nest
Great Blue Heron Nest

It all started one day about ten years ago when we were living in Southern California. Chris was coming home from grocery shopping and while stopped at a red light, she saw a heron fly overhead and land in a eucalyptus tree. A few days later, Chris brought Mike back to the area and they saw several heron nests with babies in the trees. On a recent trip back to SoCal, we were pleased to see that herons are still nesting in these trees.

We saw one baby great blue heron in a nest with a protective mother in the top photo. We think the bottom photo shows two juveniles in another nest who are waiting for a parent to return.

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Egret

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Grebe

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