Did a bit of birding yesterday with the inimitable John Pavelko and his pal Art from Ypsilanti (somewhere in Michigan). Not many spots to find water but we had a pretty nice haul down in Casitas Springs where the San Antonio Creek meets the Ventura River. A few new scores, some old favorites, and I still refuse to keep a list. What can I say, I’m a rebel.
The two-tone beak is the key to identifying this common lake bird. They are rarely seen in flight and migrate at night.
The stunning males love showing off their crest to pick up the merganser babes. Chicks can walk only 1 day after birth
Looks like a duck.. but not a duck… Closer to cranes and rails in terms of relatives.
If the beak is twice as long as the head you’ve got a Greater. Same size=lesser
Groups of herons are of course called… heronries.
Listen for the distinct “witchety-witchety-witchety” song as he hops through heavy vegetation.
Cousin of the American Robin, spotting the reddish tail helps identification as it hops along the ground.
That center spot on the chest is the best hopes for ID. I’m glad I had help.
Always near water, they visit my pool often, picking off stranded insects.
And finally… I didn’t actually spot this guy, but John did, and I wanted to make an even 10.
Have a great weekend.