Wednesday, May 4, 2016

On April 27th , Beatty was windy. This Great Egret takes a back to the wind strategy.(Parker Ranch) Contact the Nature Conservancy for access.

 At Spicer Ranch, this little pool held some great looking birds! Birders are welcome here if they park in the designated parking area and walk around. Please be respectful of this private property and it's wildlife.
A Long-billed Dowitcher at Spicer Ranch

 A pair of Cinnamon Teal

 Two  Eared Grebe in lovely breeding plumage.

A Black-necked Stilt

 and 5-6 Spotted Sandpipers
 In the upper pond, this non breeding plumage Eared Grebe fished and rested.
Eared Grebe

 A male Ring-necked Duck, I always thought they should be called Ring-billed Duck

Spotted Sandpiper teeter totters constantly bobbing the tail up and down

A female Ruddy Duck

A male Ruddy Duck from across the pond

Several female Yellow-headed Blackbirds rested in the upper pond as well. This one was pretty cooperative. She didn;t seem to mind posing on a windy day.

Pacific Chorus Tree Frog

A silent House Wren explored the boardwalk area at Torrance Ranch

The female Northern Harrier still incubates 4 eggs.

Northern Harrier Eggs
male Northern Harrier (Torrance Ranch)

The female Black-chinned Hummingbird incubates too. Torrance Ranch

 In the southern end of town, an American Kestrel dive bombs an adult Red-tailed Hawk.Kestrels are more maneuverable, and agile than a Red-tail, bit must be quite careful as the Red-tail could easily turn the table if given a chance.
More about Birds of Beatty soon!

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