Thursday, March 31, 2011

California Birding

Dave and I spent the past week visiting my family in Berkeley, Calif. While there we found a good spot for shorebirds in the crowded, industrial Oakland/Alameda bayshore, and also had a couple of terrific outings  in Marin County. Here are a few shots from the trip.

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Double-crested cormorants
Willet

American Avocet, Black-bellied Plover

Western Grebes
Surf Scoters (females)

Northern Mockingbird (gorgeous singing - we don't get them in Minn.)

Black-necked Stilt (a first for me - such a cool bird!)

Black Turnstone

Snowy Egret

2 comments:

Mary S. said...

Great shot of the cormorants!

Penelope said...

Thanks, Mary -- I'd never gotten a close-enough shot to see the patterning on the wings before. Quite attractive, for a bird that probably most don't find that attractive.