I usually don’t see the snowy plover until I’m a few feet away from it. I simply don’t look down much when walking on the beach. This threatened species of bird nests along the shoreline of states bordering the Pacific Ocean. The pandemic may have helped the plover propagate as beaches, until the last month,Continue reading “Snowy Plover Up Close”
For the past three mornings there has been a golden crested sparrow waiting for me in an oak tree. Here is the latest photo. Of course, I can’t tell if it is the same sparrow each day, but it is always on the same branch of an oak tree I planted four years ago inContinue reading “Same Sparrow, Different Day”
The Audubon Field Guide reports that golden-crowned sparrows forage under dense brush. These sparrows love our front yard since it is one big undergrowth of Carmel creeper. Took these shot yesterday right before the rain. Most of the sparrows were under the brush.
The wild flamingo has a lifespan of 20 to 30 years, but in captivity they can live more than 50 years. Took this photo at the local zoo, so maybe this is very old flamingo.
Took this shot of quail chicks, probably three weeks old, through a window looking out on a patio. Dogs in house. In the beginning there might be a dozen chicks, but the numbers are reduced quickly by predators (hawks, cats, etc.). Both parents, out of camera shot, are watching their young negotiate life.
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”