Thursday, February 20, 2014

Birds of Southern California

Birdcouple LOVES to go birding on the West Coast - it's a wonderful mix of familiar birds (like this Pied-Billed Grebe), other species we rarely see, and new friends that we meet for the first time. We spent the last week of January - when our mid-Atlantic home was locked in Arctic-like temperatures - in sunny Southern California, where the birds were singing and the temps were in the 70s.

One of our first birds was an Anna's Hummingbird in Balboa Park.

Other treats were Marbled Godwit, Cinnamon Teal (they always look so angry!) and White-Shouldered Kite, a natty looking bird.

 If you ever in your life get a chance to go to Ojai, GO. We scanned the skies each day for a California Condor. Next time!

Ojai has a lovely meadows that made for wonderful birding, including Black Phoebe, Western Bluebird, Say's Phoebe and Cassin's Kingbird.

One day, we drove out to Skinner Lake in Riverside County, about 100 miles away, to see the rare Blue-Footed Boobies there. We saw one - for about 30 seconds. Which is why it's not pictured here. The lake was also chock-full of waterfowl, heron and gulls, including this Western Grebe.

And we scored 10 life birds, including the stunning Heerman's Gull. Can't wait to go back!!

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