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Reddish Egret


I saw the Reddish Egret today for the first time, and it was completely amazing! The bird had so much energy, dancing in the shallow waters of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands and snatching up its breakfast. To see a recording of this dance, visit:

The Reddish Egret


Common Moorhen

Common Moorhen

Handlist of Birds Seen in England, Summer 2018

Leeds Castle
Barnacle Geese
Black-headed Gull
Brown Wood Owl
Chacao Owl
Eurasian Eagle Owl
Harris Hawk
Snowy Owl
Steppe Eagle
White-Fronted Goose

Canterbury Cathedral, WWI Memorial
English Robin

Warwick Castle
Andean Condor
Black Kite
Egyptian Vulture
Golden Eagle
Milky Eagle Owl

University of Leeds
European Kestrel
Giant Saker Falcon
Red-Tailed Buzzard
Saker Falcon
White-Faced Owl

House Martin
Sand Martin
House Sparrows
Wild Pheasant (from the train window)

York (on the river)
Canada Geese

Kennilworth Castle
Stock Pigeons

Royal Victoria Park, Bath
Canada Geese
Common Gull
Garganey (female)
Great Black-Backed Gull
Herring Gull
Lesser Black-Backed Gull
Rock Doves
Yellow-Legged Gull

Carrion Crow

Abbey in Lacock

Castle Combe
Mute Swan


Chalice Well Garden, Glastonbury

Glastonbury Abbey

Stock Dove



Birds at Omi’s House

Omi's Birds

Birding Bonelli – five new IDs!

Birding in Bonelli by the Puddingstone Reservoir was amazing today! I made five new IDs:  Common Tern, Ring-Necked Duck, Least Sandpiper, Wilson’s Warbler, and on the walk out, the Greater Roadrunner!! I was deeply delighted.

I also saw a number of smaller song-birds:  purple finches, western blue birds, yellow-rumped warblers, black phoebes, mockingbirds, redwing blackbirds, California towhees, a mourning dove as well as several swallows and sparrows. The song sparrow was lovely!

voice of the song sparrow 

As ever, there were Canadian Geese, Mallard Ducks, and Muscovy Ducks galore, and there were greater white-fronted geese with a snow goose for company and plenty of American coots (of course!), but there were fewer herons than usual. I saw two Great White Herons in flight, but I only spotted one snowy egret. The green herons were already in hiding at mid-morning. I saw one cormorant and one common merganser (female). No raptors.

I heard, then saw, a Nuttall’s Woodpecker. Several male and female Great-Tailed Grackles were in pine trees and along the water’s edge. Killdeer were very vocal.

Birding Bonelli in February

It was a beautiful day to get up and go birding in Bonelli Regional Park. I was there by about 7:30 AM with my beloved miniature dachshund, Joyful. Walking in from the airport, I could see white-crowned sparrows and distinctly hear the red-winged blackbirds:  the females are nesting (so unseen), the males are guarding (and so very visible!), and together, they’re singing their highly identifiable song. I noticed the “point man” redwing on a fence. I love the communal nature of redwing blackbirds.

A sweet black phoebe greeted me as I came to the wooded area at the end of the road. Once at Puddingstone reservoir, it was very rewarding to see a flotilla of white pelicans, who were sailing, big-bodied, past slender great white egrets. A black-crowned night heron winged his way over the water and took up residence in a tree branch.



There were the usual suspects, of course: American coots, Canadian geese, Mallard ducks … later, the Muscovies and Greater-White Fronted Geese. But I saw no Great Blue Herons or Kingfishers. No doves or finches. I was not a little distressed to see someone had plowed under a large patch of a section of reeds where finches and several other birds have their homes.

Nevertheless, it turned out to be a fabulous day for birding:  I saw the sweetest female blue bird in a pine tree … yellow-rumped warblers … a lincoln’s sparrow. A great-tailed grackle went striding through the grass at one point! Brown-headed cowbirds and redwings kept company. Along the shore were killdeer and sanderlings in their breeding plumage. Tree swallows were darting over the water, radiating happiness.


On the water were greater and lesser scaups as well as cinnamon teal ducks! At one point, a male cinnamon teal did me the favor of rearing up in the water and flapping his wings so I could see the white under-feathers, confirming his identity. I also saw red-headed ducks. The females were lovely! Scaups, cinnamon teals, and red-headed ducks were all new IDs for me, so very exciting.


When I retraced my steps, heading back, I was delighted to see the pelicans and many more great white egrets than I had two or so hours before. An osprey was perched high in a tree, and a raft of common mergansers were swimming and diving together in synchronous harmony. The night heron I saw earlier had been joined by his mate. The green heron had also come out and perched on a branch in the water. Beautiful!


Baby Birder on the Beach!

2.19.18 Ocean Park Birdwatching