Sunday, May 29, 2016

Baby Burrowing Owl

Baby burrowing owl

We went back to Salton Sea in hopes of spotting some baby burrowing owls. We saw a few nests, and several smallish owls. Then Chris spotted this baby owl alone. We did see and hear several adult owls nearby. We left for a while and when we returned it was gone, so we are hopeful it found its burrow.

Burrowing Owl

Here's some photos of some of the adults.

Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Back to Prado

We always post pictures of vermilon flycatchers when we go to Prado.

I'll start with the green heron instead

Green heron

But the vermilion flycatcher was there, and it's hard not to photograph.

Vermillion flycatcher

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Back to Palo Alto Baylands

Mike had some business in Palo Alto, and stopped by the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve. At this time of year, the Night Herons are nesting, but the biggest treat was the bullocks oriole. The black necked stilts also put on a show.

Bullock's Oriole

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-necked stilts

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Not So Scaly Breasted Munia

Juvenile Nutmeg Mannikins

We had a pair of Nutmeg Mannikins (also called Scaly Breasted Munia) visiting our birdbath all winter. We were hoping for a nest but never found it. However, they've started bringing juveniles to the bath so they must have nested nearby. The fledglings don't have the full coloration of the adults, but are getting a few feathers that look like scales.