This week’s favorite shot of a bird is a California pigeon hanging out in a neighbor’s oak tree. This bird is much fatter than the thin versions in my bird book. This species produces only one egg per nesting cycle, one of several reasons its population is on a slow decline.
Just like it reads in the bird guide books, the black oystercatcher is found on the rock coastline of the Pacific Ocean. As the coastline disappears because of rising sea levels, development and erosion, the oystercatcher is displaced. Yesterday, I spotted a pair on the rocks at Asilomar, three miles north of Carmel. This wasContinue reading “Black Oystercatcher Sighted!”
Until this week I knew nothing about the American coot which is more properly a water bird than a duck, although on water it certainly looks like a duck. But it doesn’t have webbed feet–they are lobed like an egret’s–and it walks on land like a chicken. I took a photo of this coot atContinue reading “The American Coot”