Hello! Most of my posts take place around San Diego County, (Mostly Lake Murray) unless otherwise noted.
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Friday, February 21, 2014

A new Pekin duck at the lake

It looks like we have a new Pekin duck at Lake Murray.  He's all by himself as the other Pekins haven't allowed him to be near them.  He is not friendly with people at all.

Here he is hanging with the scaups and mallards:

This scaup was hoping for a handout so that she can fatten up a bit before flying north.

Dougie found a mallard friend:

But, he didn't like this mallard, so he chased him away.  I don't know why he liked the one mallard and not the other.  But, I guess everyone has their preferences for friends and allies.

There were two fat killdeer in the Patriot field.  I think they're both girls.  One looks like she just molted her juvenile feathers.  So, I'm thinking, possibly, mother and daughter.

And, finally, a couple photos of a bushtit.

I love these cute little birdies:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Last day of GBBC in the South Bay NWR

Yesterday was the last day of the GBBC and I went down to the 7th Avenue Bayshore Bikeway bench to count shorebirds and ducks.  I also checked out the "10 ponds" on the other side from the bench.  Those are formally known as pond 10 and 10A.  Here are some photos I took while I was there:

Wow, so many sandpipers.  These are least sandpipers.  All the sandpipers that stayed close to me were least and there were over a thousand western sandpipers further away.  There was a dunlin in the second photo.

This curlew was cold as it was windy and foggy.  That's a marbled godwit nearby.  Look at how similar their plumage is.  But, note the thin, dark legs on the marbled godwit.

He was soon joined up with a second curlew who also didn't want to take his bill out of his wings.

The curlew was visited by a semi-palmated plover:

Marbled godwit:

Savannah sparrow:

 Says Phoebe

Back at Lake Murray, "Picked On" has been kicked out of the flock and appears thin and depressed:

A female redhead duck was resting on land:

More redheads were nearby with the coots:

And, Cow is still alive.  Here she is near her 5 boyfriends.  Breeding season is about to get rough in the next month or two.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Snow goose still at Chollas Lake

Went to Chollas Lake to count birds and found that the snow goose was still there.

Here she is:

Chollas Lake has a lot of domestic fowl.  Here's my boy, Arrowhead:

I think this might be Mylee, the gosling from a couple of years ago:

Pretty muscovy girl:

Handsome muscovy boy:

Friday, February 14, 2014

Oh deer! First day of the 2014 Great Backyard Bird Count

Today is the first day of the Great Backyard Bird Count.  I plan on counting on each of the three days, but I can't be sure.  Today, I went out to Heise Park and counted.  I also counted a little bit in the Santa Ysabel area.  Unfortunately, I couldn't get very many good photos because these little birds don't stand still very much.

First, I stopped by this little farm pond just outside Ramona.  I've been passing by there for years and sometimes see all kinds of things.  At first, I thought these were cackling geese, but they're just regular Canada geese.

There are a bunch of wigeons and cormorants on this side:

At Heise Park, my first bird heard was a scrub jay, but he only let me look at him for 2 seconds.  I saw or heard two of them there.

However, I saw several of these guys almost following me around.  He's an acorn woodpecker.

I also heard at least three turkeys, too.  And, lots and lots of spotted towhees.  One came really close because I was listening to different bird sounds to confirm my sightings and he was interested in all of them, not just the towhee ones.  So, I had avoid playing any recordings while he was around so as not to put him in any danger.  I thought I saw a Cooper's hawk nearby.  He seemed really comfortable with me and scratched around for food, but as soon as I pointed a camera at him, he ran into the brush.

I had a little surprise and they almost got away.  I found at least three deer near where I heard the turkeys.

In Santa Ysabel, I saw my first oak titmouse.  But, when I went to get the camera, it was gone.  This nearby scrub-jay was more co-operative:

All fluffed up.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Bigboi and white pelicans

Today at Lake Murray, there were four white pelicans staying close to shore or flying around.  I wonder what they were looking for.

Bigboi and Puff were, once again, on the lawn chasing the girls.

Here is a video of them "chatting me up" and the goose vocalizing:

I also saw some shovelers grooming.

That female above didn't like me looking at her, so she swam out towards the male: