While counting 8,000 + birds on Richardson Bay for our Southern Marin CBC we spotted a Great Egret along the shoreline. It had a good-sized Sculpin, which it fiddled with for 3-4 minutes before gulping it down. Would love to know what species of Sculpin it might have been.
Just learned that this is probably the Pacific Staghorn Sculpin, Leptocottus armatus.
The Pacific staghorn sculpin, Leptocottus armatus, is a common sculpin (Cottidae) found in shallow coastal waters along the Pacific coast from Alaska to Baja California. The sole member of its genus, it is unusual for having spined antler-like projections on its gill covers; it can raise the projections as a defense mechanism.