I see Brewer’s blackbirds in the brush along side beaches. They like being photographed(I can get close) and appear to look for scraps of food left by beach goers. Indeed, bird books label them as “opportunistic,” another term for scavenger.
When the ocean tide rolls in, the sanderlings scamper away until they sense the tide is receding, then they turn around and peck the wet sand for tiny crabs until the tide comes in and their dance begins again.
The whimbrel is a large shore bird with a curved bill and striped head. Guide books call the whimbrel “elegant” and I certainly agreed when I saw this one yesterday at Spanish Bay Beach (Pebble Beach area). I stayed a good distance away. The bird’s long bill is made for probing wet sand for crabs.
The Audobon Field Guide says it all: “Crows are thought to be among our most intelligent birds, and the success of the American Crow in adapting to civilization would seem to confirm this. Despite past attempts to exterminate them…” The chief reason I wash my car is to remove the crow’s “work” which is eitherContinue reading “The American Crow”
Yesterday, there was a ruby-throated hummingbird at a feeder in a neighbors yard. I wasn’t able to get close–the bird jetted away–but at least I got this shot. Hummingbirds have a high rate of metabolism that requires the consumption of nectar every day, so, nectar feeders are good, provided they are kept clean and haveContinue reading “Feeders Help Hummingbirds”
On most mornings I walk to the local lagoon to see wildlife and the fog. Yesterday, with Ivan on leash, egrets sailed overhead while I stood on lagoon’s edge. Clicked the camera while the Moody Blues’ “Nights in White Satin” blared away from a camper van in the parking lot, about thirty feet away. TheContinue reading “The Local Lagoon”
Egrets at the Carmel Lagoon had competition this week from a double-created cormorant. Note, the water droplets on this goose-like bird’s neck–it had swum about 20 feet underwater in its search fish.
Visited by a large number of chipping sparrows yesterday. Found one that decided to break away from the crowd. It didn’t appear to mind being photographed. Click!
My bird app says the black turnstone hunts for food in the strip of rocks and beach at the Pacific Ocean’s end and that was exactly what I saw yesterday at Spanish Bay Beach. The turnstones were busy, seemingly not aware of the high winds and pounding surf that kept humans far away.