I spent part of today online, looking at pictures of Bolsa Chica birds and beasts, working on identifying birds from pictures I took on the 10th. OC Birder Girl's Blog and the Bolsa Chica Land Trust's Site were especially helpful.
|Black-necked Grebe aka Podiceps nigricollis|
|American Brown Pelican aka Pelecanus occedentalis|
This one is a mature Brown Pelican. I was surprised to find out today that they get less brown as they get older.
I love watching the pelicans. They seem like they shouldn't work, that big beak and that ungainly walk, but they are amazingly beautiful in flight. Seen from below, they look fierce, like pterodactyls. Once they are swimming, it's possible to admire the variegated shades of brown.
|Reddish Egret aka Egretta rufescens|
A Reddish Egret. I have to find out, sometime, what the difference between an egret and a heron is.
|Belding's Savannah Sparrow aka Passerculus sandwichensis|
It's incongruous to see sparrows hopping around on the stones right next to the salt water.
|Snowy Egrets aka Egretta thula|
|An American Bittern aka Botaurus lentiginosus|
Anyone want to help me out with verifications or corrections?