San Antonio Creeking

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.

Pie-billed Grebe

Pie-billed Grebe

The two-tone beak is the key to identifying this common lake bird.  They are rarely seen in flight and migrate at night.

Hooded Merganser

Hooded Merganser

The stunning males love showing off their crest to pick  up the merganser babes.  Chicks can walk only 1 day after birth

American Coot

American Coot

Looks like a duck.. but not a duck… Closer to cranes and rails in terms of relatives.

Greater Yellowlegs

Greater Yellowlegs

If the beak is twice as long as the head you’ve got a Greater.  Same size=lesser

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Groups of herons are of course called… heronries.

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat

Listen for the distinct “witchety-witchety-witchety” song as he hops through heavy vegetation.

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Cousin of the American Robin, spotting the reddish tail helps identification as it hops along the ground.

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

That center spot on the chest is the best hopes for ID.  I’m glad I had help.

Black Phoebe

Black Phoebe

Always near water, they visit my pool often, picking off stranded insects.

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

And finally… I didn’t actually spot this guy, but John did, and I wanted to make an even 10.

Have a great weekend.

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4 Responses to San Antonio Creeking

  1. lanny@herbwalks.com says:

    Great post, Ron. Sorry I didn’t follow through. Got too busy and then my back went out yesterday putting a halt to everything.

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. Cope's Friend says:

    Did you take those first three photos (Grebe, Merganser, Coot)?

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