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  1. Say Ahhhh

    Say Ahhhh

    Egret staring at this Pelican like what is up with that guy? lol
  2. Eyes on the Prize

    Eyes on the Prize

    Osprey meticulously searches the surface of a lake.
  3. V

    Los Angeles lake ducks and a cormorant

    There were 2 different ducks I couldn't ID with the Merlin app. I was at a large urban park with several lakes. The first one is a diving duck that would go underwater for a while. Dark bill. This is a different duck I couldn't ID. It was on land hanging out with Mallards ...and...
  4. 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...
  5. Red-tailed Hawk , Hawk Stare-1.jpg

    Red-tailed Hawk , Hawk Stare-1.jpg

    Red-Tailed Hawk
  6. Rainbow

    Rainbow

    Anna'a Hummer displays its beauty.
  7. Northern Mockingbird

    Northern Mockingbird

    Famous for their mimicry, male Northern Mockingbirds sometimes "skylark," leaping into the air singing exuberantly. They then parachute down with wings open. As seen here, their white wing patches are conspicuous during these flight displays which are given mostly by unmated males...
  8. Sabine's Gull

    Sabine's Gull

    This is an adult in breeding plumage. Although it appears to have a chest injury, it can fly well. This unique gull breeds in the Arctic and migrates into the Southern Hemisphere where the entire population winters in the tropics and subtropics. In our area, they are mostly encountered at sea...
  9. Looker

    Looker

    A handsome young fellow and he knows it this House Finch basking in the evening sun.
  10. Western Sandpipers & Dunlin

    Western Sandpipers & Dunlin

    Can you pick out the larger, darker Dunlin(s) among the many Western Sandpipers packed together at a high tide roost? Extra credit: Pick out the Sanderling(s).
  11. 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.
  12. Pigeon Guillemot

    Pigeon Guillemot

  13. Eared Grebe

    Eared Grebe

  14. Spotted Owl

    Spotted Owl

    This is the subspecies S. o. caurina sometimes called the Northern Spotted Owl which ranges along the coast of Northern California and in the Pacific Northwest. It is endangered because of loss of old-growth forest and competition from Barred Owls. Northern Spotted Owl is replaced by the...
  15. Terns Elegant take off-03592.jpg

    Terns Elegant take off-03592.jpg

    Elegant Terns take off. They're loud! Sure wish I understood what they're saying to one another.
  16. Sharpie

    Sharpie

    Never put your camera away until you are off the shooting grounds, lol. This Sharp Shined Hawk was perched near my trail exit as I left the park yesterday. Was a great evening shoot as I added 6 birds to my list, this sharpie included! :)
  17. 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...
  18. Red

    Red

    Came across this handsome fella during yesterday mornings walk through the park.
  19. Rock Sandpiper

    Rock Sandpiper

    This open bill closeup shows the flexible bill tip (distal rhynchokinesis) of most sandpipers. Known affectionately as Roxanne Piper, this rare local celebrity is back for its second year. It has molted into nearly full breeding plumage although a few worn gray basic scapular and mantle...
  20. 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...
  21. Hootie

    Hootie

    A Great Horned Owl at sunset. Notice his blood stained talons!
  22. Common Poorwill

    Common Poorwill

  23. Western Screech-Owl

    Western Screech-Owl

    Finally was able to see one at my house!
  24. Wilson's Warbler

    Wilson's Warbler

    These birds will become common in willow thickets in our area next month but this was the first of the season for us. This is an adult male showing an extensive shiny black cap. However some females also have a black cap in West Coast populations. We know this one was a male primarily because it...
  25. 3 Townsend's Warbler

    3 Townsend's Warbler

    Not a good photo, but certainly weird to have 3 right next to eachother
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