Birded some of the west-side of the lagoons today. Very quiet. Judging from the amount of the trash left on the beach, there were a lot of people out here over the week-end (errrrh!!!). How can people be like this. I could hear some Yellowthroats in the brush ahead. The Common or the critically endangered Belding’s Yellowthroat (I hope). I can’t tell them apart when they are just making their contact “buzzing” sound. I see it! Yes, a Belding’s.
I’m walking along the edge of the brackish water watching a Reddish Egret chasing fish around. It stops when it sees me and poses for a photograph.
I hear a splash and swing my camera to the right just in time to catch this Blue-winged Teal taking off making a bunch of noisy squawks.
I lower the camera but up it comes again (this is work!) when I see a beautiful Cinnamon Teal.
Keeping an eye out for that sneaky bobcat that lives around here somewhere I follow a cattle trail into the brush. Right away I get smacked in the face by a thorn bush and now I’m bleeding (can bobcats smell blood). Ignoring the wound, I move in the direction of a raucous being create in the bushes ahead. I see little birds so I pissssh a few times. (remember? put your lips together and say pish–pisssh quietly) Here comes a Gray Vireo to challenge me. Its looking me all over to see where the bird that’s pisshing is, ignoring me all together. The Vireo stays in the shadows but I take a pic and it turns out okay.
A ways behind but acting just as curious as the vireo is another bird that responds to pisshing. An Orange-crowned Warbler.
The last bird for today is a Cassin’s Kingbird. There are 4 or 6 of these birds hawking insects. The weather is kind of hazy so the lighting isn’t real good today but it’s great being out and about.
Have a great day from Chris and Debbie and HAPPY BIRDING!!!