More birding today. It is actually much more difficult than I thought it would be to identify birds. This morning Ryan and I turned an impromptu visit to Antonelli's Pond into a bird watching/frisbee tournament. I was able to identify a black phoebe, and a coot (there were quite a few). There was also an egret but I was unable to tell if it was a great or a snowy without binoculars.
In the afternoon I drove myself to Elkhorn Slough, and after writing a check for $2.50 and dousing the souls of my shoes in anti-sudden-oak-death-liquid, walked some trails to find some birds. This was where I began to full realize how limited my bird identification skills (as well as my $20 binoculars) were.
Although I saw tons of birds, I was only able to identify a few:
(saw some more Buffleheads)
Red Winged Blackbird (female)