A little “ducky” in La Ribera today.

Sunny, clear and calm today.  Weather looks great for some estuary birding.  Yes, me myself and I.  After loosing Debbie to cancer, here goes some little steps forward.  Upon arrival the estuary looks like it was hit by a flooding, rip-roaring tornado.  I don’t even recognize most of it.  At least most of the man-made debris is gone.  Birds all over the place but they are very shy.  Extremely difficult, even for stalking expert (yah right) me, to get close for good photography but here goes…

Lesser Scaup











Ring-necked Duck












Blue-winged teal











Pairs and small groups of this tiny dabbling duck inhabit shallow ponds and wetlands across much of North America. Blue-winged Teal are long distance migrants, with some birds heading all the way to South America for the winter. Therefore, they take off early on spring and fall migration, leaving their breeding grounds in the United States and Canada well before other species in the fall.  I hear a sandpiper I’m familiar with and looking ahead, out in the shallow water I see a pair of Greater Yellowlegs.

Greater Yellowlegs













Spotted Sandpiper













The dapper Spotted Sandpiper makes a great ambassador for the notoriously difficult-to-identify shorebirds. They occur all across North America, they are distinctive in both looks and actions, and they’re handsome. They also have intriguing social lives in which females take the lead and males raise the young. With their richly spotted breeding plumage, teetering gait, stuttering wingbeats, and showy courtship dances, this bird is among the most notable and memorable shorebirds in North America.  Up ahead I see what looks like mice running all over the sand but I know what’s going on.  These are the always pretty and wary Semipalmated Plovers.

Semipalmated Plover












Now it’s time for me to fly off somewhere for the rest of the day.  Hope you enjoyed todays blog.  I still haven’t fixed my new email to this site.  Feel free to contact me direct if you want—chrisllewellyn0211@gmail.com


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