|Nutmeg Manikins. I always see them there at Lake Murray|
Today was the (unofficial) May 2014 counting day at Lake Murray in San Diego. I was able to really get out and count the birds carefully because there were so few birds seen. I only counted about 20 coots, which is the lowest number I've ever counted. Mallard levels were low, too. Unlike previous years, there were few ducklings and coot babies, too. Western gulls, song sparrows, house finches and Anna's hummingbirds were the most numerous birds there.
I saw two gadwalls:
Surprisingly, we still have a few ruddy ducks around. The scaup were there until a few days ago.
Baby Blue has a new girlfriend and they stick together all the time. The male she was dumped with has left her because she prefers to be with Baby Blue. She follows him everywhere.
The mom who had four ducklings still has three of them. One of the smallest ones is gone. They're about two weeks old now. They were the only ducklings there. Usually, there are at least 40-60 at this time.
This mean old coot didn't like the mama duck eating some grain that was nearby and chased her away:
The ducklings went and hid deep in the reeds and mama went with them. I didn't see them again:
The two jerk geese were there where the ducklings are. Well, the Canada goose is really sweet, but the white one is a jerk.