Hello! Most of my posts take place around San Diego County, (Mostly Lake Murray) unless otherwise noted.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Weird hairdos

These dumped crested Pekin ducks are really cute.  Too bad the gene for crests  in ducks is a nasty one.

I would name this one Leia, except it's a boy.

Here he is with some of his friends.  The other crested one is a female:

Hurt Wing is still alive and well!

I think she might have a new boyfriend:

I think this duck is either Neo or Indy's brother:

Lots of vultures hanging around, lately:

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A couple of photos from the lake

Herring gull

I haven't been at the lake much and when I have been, I haven't been taking a whole lot of photos.  I also went to the San Diego River area and took some photos that I haven't posted yet.  But, here are a few Lake Murray photos I took this morning beginning with the herring gull above. It may be the same herring gull I've seen for the last few years, the first year being a young juvenile.

Below, a brave sora came out to eat the food that people left for the ducks:

Here is Cinnamon and her one true boyfriend.  She is usually surrounded by at least four males, but this is the one that she loves.

And, finally, a photo of Pepper's good side.  He insists that people only see his good side, not the side with the messed up wing:

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ducks and a broken-legged coot

I spent part of this morning chasing around a Wilson's snipe at Lake Murray, (Well, not actually because I didn't want to harass him and keep him from eating or resting.)  All I got was one blurry photo of his rump.  When I first saw him, I had a good chance of getting a photo of him, but a nearby egret flew off and ever since then, he had decided that I was a scary predator, so there was no getting him to stay still.

I did see Cinnamon, but with only three boyfriends.  Her real boyfriend is the one to her right with the large white ring.  The one behind her thinks he's her boyfriend, but he is not.  If you watch Cinnamon long enough, she makes it very clear that the one on her right is her true mate. It was kinda funny watching him because there was another duck that sounded like Cinnamon calling and every time the other duck called, he would look at Cinnamon.

Here is Cinnamon's fourth boyfriend, Stumpy:

I also came across this coot with a very badly broken leg.  He/she didn't seem to be suffering in terms of being in intense pain and was behaving, otherwise, normally.  I'm hoping it doesn't get infected.  It's a very clean break and, perhaps it can be repaired.  He/she is very friendly and will approach for food.  But, he/she also has a very protective mate that watches over him/her.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

George and Martha are back?

I thought I saw George around a few times, but wasn't very sure.  I think this next picture might be him:

And, I think this might be Martha. I thought it might be Dee, at first, but Dee doesn't have two very distinct marks on her face that this killdeer has.  Both George and Martha were spotted very early in the morning.

Later, I think I saw George with a different killdeer.  It looked similar to Martha, but its breast bands were thinner.  Perhaps one of their offspring?

I think this might be George, again.

I thought I would take a photo of Pepper with his good side.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Bonaparte's gull and white pelicans

I went and took some photos at Lake Murray yesterday afternoon and this morning.  I was surprised to find a Bonaparte's gull there this morning.  I think it's a first winter juvenile.  I've never seen one of those at this lake before.  He was trying to snatch fish out of the water like terns do.

Yesterday, I saw a huge flock of white pelicans flying around the lake.

Really big.  They landed far away, so I didn't get a picture of them.

There were already a few on the ground, waiting:

When I was there, yesterday, the crows were beginning to roost:

They played games with each other and harassed the other birds.

This morning, I saw this big ground of male killdeer milling around:

One looked like Little Miracle.  She and another killdeer wouldn't stop yelling at me.  The others didn't seem to mind.

This pretty duck was back for another winter here at Lake Murray:

And, I think this might be Indy.  His feathers look rough.  His two brothers looks about the same as he does.  I still haven't got the word as to whether or not Project Wildlife really did release him, so this may not be him, afterall.  But, it sure looks like him.