Saturday, November 28, 2009

Back in Jersey: Lake Nelson Birds

King fisher
Belted Kingfisher

Hooded Merganser
Hooded Mergansers

Cormorant
Cormorant

Ruddy Duck
Ruddy Duck

Loon
Red Throated Loon 

Red Throated Loon


We're back home in New Jersey. Lake Nelson had a few visitors today who are very infrequent: A lone ruddy duck and a lone red-throated loon. Four hooded mergansers arrived. The wind may have blown them off course. Of course, the resident cormorants are still active and the kingfisher also is out.

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Friday, November 27, 2009

California Dreaming

American White Pelican 

American White Pelican 


We spent the week before Thanksgiving in Southern California. The best part was visiting our children. We also got some time in for birding. A few of our favorite spots are the Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach and the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine. We also went out to Palm Springs and did some birding in the Salton Sea area. We discovered that 30% of the American White Pelicans winter in the Salton Sea.

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San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

Northern Shovelers
Northern Shoveler

Green-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal

Cinnamon Teals
Cinnamon Teal

Black Necked Stilt
Black Necked Stilt


Thw San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary managed by the Irvine Ranch Water District has an impressive variety of birds.

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Roadrunner

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More Widgeons

American Widgeon 

American Widgeon 

American Widgeon 

 


These widgeons were on a golf course in the Palm Springs area.

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Western Meadowlark

 Western Meadowlark,  

 Western Meadowlark,  


We saw this Western Meadowlark at the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. He looks quite similar to the eastern meadowlark.

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Say's Phoebe from San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

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Flicker

Flicker 

A Flicker from Big Morongo Canyon.

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Hummingbirds from Palm Springs

Hummingbird

Hummingbird

Hummingbird

Hummingbird

Hummingbird


This is probably too many hummingbird photos, but I couldn't decide which was best.

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Bewick's Wren in Palm Desert

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Verdin from Palm Desert

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Orange House Finch from Palm Springs

Orange House Finch 

Orange House Finch 


We didn't know house finches can be orange. Males can be orange, yellow or red. The color comes from pigments in the food they eat.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Wild Turkeys

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Great-horned Owl

Owl 

Owl 


Chris (aka Pocahontas) spotted some owl pellets on a trail. She looked around and spotted this Great-horned Owl. We like photographing birds that barely move.

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Anonymous Lynn said...

You finally saw another owl!

November 25, 2009 at 12:03 PM  
Anonymous Nina said...

Hi Chris & Mike
Where did you get this great picture.

November 25, 2009 at 6:45 PM  
Anonymous Chris and Mike said...

He was also at the Salton Sea NWR.

November 27, 2009 at 3:18 PM  

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Female Phainopepla

female phainopepla 

Phainopepla 


The top Phainopepla was from the State Recreation Area at Salton Sea. The bottom one was taken in the Palm Springs area.

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Gambel's Quail

Gambels Quail 


The Gambel's Quails were plentiful at the Salton Sea NWR, but they are a bit shy and often ran under the bush. We got pictures of this one on top of a bush.

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Green Heron

Green Heron 


He was on a dock at the Salton Sea State Recreation area.

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Loggerhead Shrike

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Juvenile Shoveler

Juvenile Shoveler 


We saw four shovelers swimming by (followed by a coot) at the Salton Sea NWR. There were two adults and two juveniles. The adult beak is already large, but in the juvenile, the beak is almost as large as the body.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

California Towhee

California Towhee 

California Towhee 


We think the eastern Towhee is more striking than the California Towhee.

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Wood Duck

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Hawk

Hawk 

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United Nations

Egyptian Goose
Egyptian Goose

Chinese Goose

Chinese Goose
Chinese Goose

American Coot
American Coot


Here are some waterfowl from Mason Park in Irvine, CA.

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