Archive for the ‘Jane’s New IDs’ Category

Canadian Geese and an American Wigeon by Gateway Seminary in Ontario

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On Friday, I visited Gateway Seminary in Ontario. I began my tour near the large pond, which has three bright fountains of water springing up from it. I happened to see two Canadian Geese with their three goslings and a lone duck among them. The duck looked like an American Wigeon (male) to me, with his “baldpate” white strip on the head and dark eye-mask, but the mask was black, not the usual green, and I wondered if the duck were a hybrid. After a little research, I learned that every so often, American Wigeons occasionally have black eye-masks instead of green ones. I learn something new everyday!

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Birds of Safari West

Today I visited Safari West in Santa Rosa, where I had the pleasure of seeing more than 30 different species of bird from Africa and around the world, including:

  • African Lesser Flamingo, African Spoonbill, American Flamingo, Black Swan, Blue-Crowned Pigeon, Cape Thick-Knee, Cattle Egret, Demoiselle Crane, East African Crowned Crane, Fischer’s Lovebird, Greater African Flamingo, Green Turaco, Hamerkop, Helmeted Guinea Fowl, Laughing Kookaburra, Pied Imperial Pigeon, Purple Swamphen, Ostrich, Rainbow Lorikeet, Red Junglefowl (rooster!), Sacred Ibis, Scarlet Ibis, Silvery-Cheeked Hornbill, Spur-winged Lapwing, Taveta Golden Weaver, Trumpeter Hornbill, Waldrapp Ibis, White-Bellied Stork (also called Abdim’s Stork), White-Faced Whistling Duck, White Stork, & Wood Duck

 

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Flamingoes

 

Scarlet Ibis

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Hammerkop & Sacred Ibis

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Waldrapp Ibis & White-Bellied Crane

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Damoiselle Crane

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Jane Beal,
bird-photographer

 

 

Barn Swallows & Northern Rough Winged Swallows at the L.A. Waterfront

Yesterday afternoon, I was walking along the L.A. Waterfront from the Maritime Museum parking lot to the Cirque du Soleil big-top, blue-and-yellow tent to see “Amaluna.” As I was walking by the water, through a line of trees on either side of the sidewalk, the barn swallows were swooping all around me like angels! They made me laugh with delight. I love their brilliant blue-and-orange colors … On the way back, after the show, the same thing happened again — only this time, the birds were northern rough winged swallows! They were very glad-hearted in flight, swooping together and apart in elongated oval and figure eight dances in mid-air, at top speed. Seeing them filled my heart with joy!

barn swallows swooping!

northern rough wing’ swallows dancing –

angels in mid-air

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Cliff Swallow

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Phainopepla

Today I saw a male Phainopepla, dashing through the air from one tree to the next across Harvard Avenue in Claremont. The white wing patches, which are only visible in flight, made it easy to identify. So striking!

Photo credit: John Swartz

Orange-Crowned Warbler

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Red Whiskered Bulbuls at the Huntington Library and Gardens