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  1. SONG SPARROW-ROAD RUNNER OF THE NORTH

    SONG SPARROW-ROAD RUNNER OF THE NORTH

    Another Sat fun attempt. lol
  2. Bewick's Wren

    Bewick's Wren

    The song is usually in two parts with an introductory buzz followed by a trill as heard here. However each individual sings a slightly different song. More often heard than seen, these active little wrens with bold white eyebrows move furtively in dense brush. This individual shows gray flanks...
  3. Brown Creeper

    Brown Creeper

    Not an every day visitor to my yard but there are a couple that drop in a few times a week. I tend to drop everything when I see them and try to get shots of them.
  4. Western Grebe

    Western Grebe

    Famous for their elaborate courtship displays, this clip shows the "bob-preening" greeting ceremony where two birds swim side by side in a "high arch" posture while one reaches back suddenly and runs its bill through scapular feathers.
  5. Blue Jay

    Blue Jay

    At Huntington Beach State Park, SC
  6. American Wigeon

    American Wigeon

    This is an adult male showing a white crown. When I was growing up, this bird was called the "Baldpate" and hunters sometimes still use that name. The green patch behind the eye is iridescent and varies with light angle. Notice the fine vermiculated pattern on the scapulars.
  7. Barn Owl

    Barn Owl

    We were pleased to see this distinctive owl roosting on the ledge of a building in daylight. Barn Owls are highly variable with underparts anywhere from white to cinnamon. This is a cinnamon morph bird, most of which are said to be females. The edges of the facial disk feathers appear to be...
  8. For the guys from Devon

    For the guys from Devon

    A Mr. Grumpy Mocking Bird
  9. Steller's Jay

    Steller's Jay

    This species was extirpated from San Francisco in the last century in a misguided attempt at "predator control" in the name of "conservation." However they have returned to Golden Gate Park in recent decades and are now common in suitable habitat. Frequently misspelled, this species was named...
  10. Double-crested Cormorant

    Double-crested Cormorant

    This is an adult in breeding plumage with crests emerging from either side of the crown which give this species its name. Most West Coast birds (P. a. albociliatus) have crests variably mixed white and black as seen here. Note the turquoise eyes with raised bumps of blue orbital skin forming...
  11. Black-bellied plover

    Black-bellied plover

  12. Ruddy Duck

    Ruddy Duck

    This male Ruddy Duck was displaying in fine color showing its stunning blue bill. The crown feathers are raised periodically forming satanic looking "horns" while the tail is raised and the neck inflated. Unlike most ducks in which the males are dull in mid-summer and brightly colored in...
  13. American Avocet

    American Avocet

    Now in breeding plumage showing rich cinnamon color to the head and neck. They usually forage by scything, sweeping their upcurved bill from side to side in the shallow water. However as seen here, they also find food on the bottom by dipping their whole head under the water. Females have the...
  14. Yellow-bellied sapsucker.jpg

    Yellow-bellied sapsucker.jpg

    Couldn't decide what photo was best so I picked these two.
  15. Hairy Woodpecker

    Hairy Woodpecker

    This is a female lacking the red nape of the male. Notice the all white outer tail feathers without the black baring of the similar but smaller Downy Woodpecker. These two woodpeckers are not actually each others closest relatives. Here in California where the two overlap, the Hairy prefers...
  16. American Robin

    American Robin

  17. Buffeted Blue Jay

    Buffeted Blue Jay

    Friday morning we had a snow storm. It moved through quickly and by the late afternoon the sun was out. But a cold North wind persisted, ruffling up this Blue Jay's crest.
  18. Rufous Hummingbird

    Rufous Hummingbird

    This is an immature male with an all rufous mantle apparently starting to molt in its red gorget. The black feathers in the corner of the throat are iridescent red when the light hits them at the right angle. This species normally breeds along the West Coast from Oregon to Alaska and winters...
  19. Rufous-crowned Sparrow

    Rufous-crowned Sparrow

    My best photo of one, always trick to photograph these secretive sparrows. They really like the poison oak.
  20. A pair of Shelducks

    A pair of Shelducks

    Here we see a pair feeding on the mudflat. On my way back I saw two of them swimming in shallow water while feeding.
  21. Eastern Phoebe

    Eastern Phoebe

    This is a rare visitor to California with most records in late Fall and winter. This individual was first noted on 16 February but went missing until 17 March after which it has been delighting visitors to the Guadalupe River trail daily. This morning it was giving its raspy "fee-bee” song...
  22. Flycatcher

    Flycatcher

    Great Crested Flycatcher. So many around
  23. Turkey Vulture

    Turkey Vulture

    I chose this portrait to illustrate the perforate septum of its nostrils so you can see through from one side to the other, a unique feature of American vultures. There is likely an adaptive function to this structure, increasing air flow so they can smell better than other birds. In fact they...
  24. Blue-eye with a "Twinkle"

    Blue-eye with a "Twinkle"

    A juvenile white ibis who allowed me a close-up.
  25. Vermilion Flycatcher

    Vermilion Flycatcher

    Most flycatchers are drab and cryptic, but the Vermilion Flycatcher breaks all the rules. This little firecracker is a rarity in Northern California, mostly in winter. This adult male was first seen in July-August 2019, again last Summer 2020 and now back as of last week. Thus a summering bird...
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