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American Wigeon Mareca americana

Observer

gregslak

Date

December 12, 2019 02:08 PM PST

Description

When birds are as common as American Wigeons are here in my neighborhood river, I tend not to photograph them as frequently. But these guys surely do catch the eye ...and demand attention.

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Western Gull Larus occidentalis

Observer

gregslak

Date

December 12, 2019 02:26 PM PST

Description

This gull (seen here with a Double-crested Cormorant) has a darker grey back with pink legs and a distinctly heavy bill... and though not completely clear in the photos, I think I can detect a pinkish ring around the eye.

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Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis

Observer

gregslak

Date

December 12, 2019 02:07 PM PST

Description

With light grey back and yellow legs and eyes... plus a distinctive bill ring... I believe this to be a Ring-billed Gull.

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Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna

Observer

gregslak

Date

December 12, 2019 11:43 AM PST

Description

I think this is an Anna's Hummingbird, but am never sure about these tiny guys...

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American Coot Fulica americana

Observer

gregslak

Date

December 12, 2019 02:15 PM PST

Description

The American Coot has an unique method of taking to the sky, by essentially running along the surface of the water, gaining the necessary speed for lift off. It is amazing to me that their steps are so quick, that the splashes in the water can be seen in a still shot, looking like footprints in time.

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Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis

Observer

gregslak

Date

December 12, 2019 11:55 AM PST

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California Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica

Observer

gregslak

Date

December 12, 2019 11:31 AM PST

Description

Came upon this brightly colored jay, hunting bugs in the grass along the trail.

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Great Egret Ardea alba

Observer

gregslak

Date

December 11, 2019 11:42 AM PST

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Osprey Pandion haliaetus

Observer

gregslak

Date

December 11, 2019 11:17 AM PST

Description

This Osprey, perched relatively low on a mid river tree, is most likely a female due to the extensive dark feather markings (sometimes called a "necklace") on the chest.

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Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

Observer

gregslak

Date

December 11, 2019 12:01 PM PST

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Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

Observer

gregslak

Date

December 11, 2019 12:01 PM PST

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Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger

Observer

gregslak

Date

December 11, 2019 01:22 PM PST

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Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus

Observer

gregslak

Date

December 11, 2019 01:18 PM PST

Description

In the past three visits to this same small group of trees, I have seen three different woodpeckers; Nuttall's, Downy, and today, this Acorn Woodpecker. I can't wait until next time!

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Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus

Observer

gregslak

Date

December 11, 2019 12:43 PM PST

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American Coot Fulica americana

Observer

gregslak

Date

December 11, 2019 12:07 PM PST

Description

These guys are actually quite attractive; that is, if you can ignore the feet! Now don't get me wrong, the feet themselves are quite spectacular... but they seem intended for a different bird... or reptile.

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Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata

Observer

gregslak

Date

December 11, 2019 11:31 AM PST

Description

Having only recently discovered this decorative shorebird, I was pleased to spot one close up on the mud floor of a protected alcove along the river. I later walked down to photograph its track marks.

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Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata

Observer

gregslak

Date

December 11, 2019 11:12 AM PST

Description

This is a second individual Yellow-rumped Warbler at the same locality which shows a large area of yellow on the neck, with none on the crown.

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Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata

Observer

gregslak

Date

December 11, 2019 11:11 AM PST

Description

This was the most colorful Yellow-rumped Warbler that I have seen. Besides an effusion of bright yellow on the crown and chin set off by a dark face, it even seems to have a pink ring around the base of the beak. I'll post several views to illustrate this.

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Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

Observer

gregslak

Date

December 8, 2019 03:46 PM PST

Description

This image is part of an observation I made a couple of days ago, but there was so much going on, including three different avian species, that it merits further comment. Here I am focusing on a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron (seen in the background) as it peeks out of the brush at a much larger Great Blue Heron, attempting to drive off a Red-shouldered Hawk which has landed on the island. A discarded shopping cart and other assorted trash, washed down the river by a recent storm, adds to the sense of discord, as does the turbulent water boiling in the background. Interesting to note, the hawk remained calmly on the fallen branch throughout the display (which included lots of loud squawking) until the large heron quieted down before flying off.
So how is this observation about the Night Heron? I simply could not get over the look of that juvenile bird reacting to the conflict.

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Downy Woodpecker Dryobates pubescens

Observer

gregslak

Date

December 9, 2019 03:06 PM PST

Description

This is likely a female Downy Woodpecker since it shows no red coloration.

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Osprey Pandion haliaetus

Observer

gregslak

Date

December 9, 2019 02:36 PM PST

Description

After making several passes, including hovering briefly, this Osprey flew to a mid river tree where he settled in. The rain has ended and the curent slowed, but I think the water is still to silty for them to see the fish.

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Allen's Hummingbird Selasphorus sasin

Observer

gregslak

Date

December 9, 2019 02:25 PM PST

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Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus

Observer

gregslak

Date

December 9, 2019 01:53 PM PST

Description

A long way off across the river and high in a utility tower, a Peregrine Falcon regally surveys his domain.

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American Kestrel Falco sparverius

Observer

gregslak

Date

December 9, 2019 01:32 PM PST

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Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata

Observer

gregslak

Date

December 9, 2019 12:51 PM PST

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Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus

Observer

gregslak

Date

December 9, 2019 12:15 PM PST

Description

Okay... you know how sometimes you take a photograph... and then you edit it... and the subject was doing something you never noticed, or expected. After shooting some Brewer's Blackbirds in a mid river tree, I got home and saw an expression on the bird right out of Steven King (or Alfred Hitchcock). Usually those large yellow eyes seem so comical! Brrrrr....

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Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

Observer

gregslak

Date

December 9, 2019 12:09 PM PST

Description

After watching this Mallard pair for several minutes, I was rewarded when they began "dabbling" (tipping forward head down into the water to feed on the bottom) in tandem. They tipped, in unison, several times before swimming on.

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Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

Observer

gregslak

Date

December 9, 2019 12:00 PM PST

Description

I just couldn't resist using this long shot of a juvenile and adult Black-crowned Night Heron resting in their tree, but I have included close up shots of each of them. These guys must have been exhausted after all the rain. Even more surprising... I eventually spotted a second juvenile in the same tree.

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Cloudless Sulphur Phoebis sennae

Observer

gregslak

Date

December 9, 2019 11:51 AM PST

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Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis

Observer

gregslak

Date

December 9, 2019 11:43 AM PST

Description

Three of these were on a wire stretching across the river.

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