|4 young killdeer|
Today, there is a Santa Ana going on and it was hot and dry. So, many of the animals were in the shade or resting. However, the killdeer were out. Here is a couple of youngsters, probably George's daughters:
A young male, possibly George's son:
In the ballfields, I saw several other killdeer that I couldn't take photos of. One of them looked so small. I think it's Miracle. Her parents and brother were also there.
Below, are photos of Pollux's girlfriend and Pollux himself in the second picture:
I thought this was a nice photo of Cinnamon:
For some reason, Fingerbiter, the big duck, is attacking Pepper. I don't see where Pepper is provoking him and I think it's just a bullying thing. Fingerbiter was very nice to Bossy and I can't understand why he doesn't like Pepper. I think it might be because Pepper is popular with several females. Here's Fingerbiter (in the back) with Pepper in the front:
This next photo is of Doodle's bully, all by himself, under the falcon tree:
This is an un-named jumbo Pekin dropped off last spring:
Below is a photo of Baby Bob, rock chopping with George's daughter in the background:
Here's a surprise for me today: A long-billed curlew at the lake. First time I've seen on there. I couldn't get a good photo as he definitely didn't want to interact with me:
Correction!: I think the bird above might actually be a juvenile white-faced ibis! That explains why it looked so heron-like when I first saw him. My first ibis!
Lots of dead things around the lake lately, attracting vultures. Most of the dead things are dead catfish or dead coots. But, I did find a piece of rabbit skin on the main beach. I think vultures are cool. I love the way they fly. And, they clean up the lakeshore.
Still not seen: Bossy (and I'm beginning to get worried as his girlfriend has been without him since before he was last seen) and Doodle. However, I did find one duck that looked a lot like Bossy, but didn't have Bossy's mark on his nos (thought you can see a faint mark on it). It is possible that Bossy lost his mark during his molt like many males do, though that would be a bit fast since I saw him with it a week or so ago. Here is the duck that looks a lot like him, but without his mark on the bill: