Saturday, May 29, 2010

Eleven Baby Ducks: Beat that Octomom

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Baby Ducks

We are happy to see our little floating island planter getting some use.  So far, we've had just a pair of sandpipers, a lone duck or turtle on it.  At dusk today, we saw the mother and all the baby ducks on it.  It's hard to count them on the island, but all 11 were on it.  She must be a very good mother.

Turtle
Mallard 

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Cedar Waxwing

It's always a treat when a cedar waxwing comes to our yard.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful photo, I cannot wait to see one of these gorgeous birds.

June 1, 2010 at 5:53 AM  

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Baby Bird Feeding

Tufted Titmouse 

Tufted Titmouse
A pair of tufted titmice

Grackle
Baby Grackle

It's baby bird time in our yard. A family of tufted titmice visit the feeder early each morning. We usually don't photograph grackles but we make an exception for baby birds.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Baltimore Oriole


In the morning, this oriole's song sounds like "I'm the prettiest bird."

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Black-crowned Night Heron Chicks: Baylands Nature Preserve (California)

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Baby Black-crowned Night Heron

The highlight of the bird watching trip to Baylands Nature Preserve was seeing a nest of baby night herons. There may have been three in the nest, but two were visible most of the time. We have a black-crowned night heron or two in a tree near us but have never seen chicks before.

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Blogger Ra.S said...

totalmente lindos!

September 16, 2011 at 6:40 PM  

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Snowy Egrets and Night Herons: Baylands Nature Preserve, Palo Alto CA

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret
Mike had a meeting in Silicon Valley last week and dropped by the Baylands Nature Preserve in Palo Alto CA. It's an easy spot to find with a great map that even points to the area where the night herons nest. There were quite a few night heron nests with snowy egrets mixed in. While most of the egrets had their feathers under control, he got these pictures for Chris who likes birds with wild hairdos.




Snowy Egret


Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron





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More from Baylands: Palo Alto, CA


Lesser Goldfinch (western variety)
Lesser Goldfinch (western variety)

Cliff Swallow
Cliff Swallow in nest

American Avocet
American Avocet

Clark's Grebe
Clark's Grebe with a fish

Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow

Anna's Hummingbird
Anna's Hummingbird


A brief birdwatching trip to the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve showed a good variety of birds. Song Sparrows were everywhere and made their presence known. The Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center was built to house exhibits but the area under the roof was covered with cliff swallow nests. The only disappointment was that I didn't see the rare clapper rail, but the tides and time of year weren't ideal. I may be back next winter.

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Baby Black-necked Stilt: (California)


Black-necked Stilt

Here's a photo of a Black-necked Stilt chick. Aren't baby birds cute?

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Killdeer pretending it has a broken wing (California)

Killdeer


While walking along a path at Coyote Point Recreation Area in San Mateo, a killdeer made a big fuss and then pretended to have a broken wing. Because I watch the Discovery Channel (or was it Zoboomafoo), I knew it was trying to distract me from its nest and perhaps its chicks. I did look around for the baby birds, but didn't find any. I did follow the killdeer to get a photo of the broken wing act so I guess it worked.

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Blackpoll Warblers

Blackpoll Warblers

Blackpoll Warblers

We're still getting migrating birds, mostly warblers. This morning there were about 8 blackpolls. This is the first year we saw them in the yard. The male of this bird species has the black cap.

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