Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving Day Birding.

Well, it's been awhile.

And Ryan and I have seen a lot of birds.

On Thanksgiving we went to Harkin's Slough, in Watsonville, and then Kirby Park, which is only a few miles south of Moss Landing.  We saw:

Tricolored Blackbird
Lesser Yellowlegs
Cinnamon Teal
Black-crowned Night Heron
Comoon Moorhen
Ruddy Duck
Northern Flicker
Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Avocet
Northern Pintail
White-faced Ibis (which is actually pretty rare in this area)
Long-Billed Curlew
Say's Phoebe
Western Sandpiper
Red-Shouldered Hawk
Western Gull
Black-necked Stilt

All those species in only one day!  Our total "life list" of species has now topped 60.

Eventually we need to get a better pair of binoculars with a higher magnification (we're using 7X).  Some of the birds are so small and so far away that it's nearly impossible to make out differentiating markers that point to their species.  10x binoculars would be better.

Anyway, best way to spend Thanksgiving: outside.  No one is usually out and about and we practically had the whole slough to ourselves.

1 comment:

MaryjoO said...

I'm impressed you know all the names -- do you have a book or ....?