A herd of Canada Geese
After a three days of short and long hops like confused bird on small and large airplanes and like a regular guy using rental cars, I went from California to Austin, Texas and then to Tusa, Oklahoma. Then back to Dallas, Texas. But finally I am in sunny California.
I am not an avid birder like The Bird Man, Gallicissa. Heck I am not even a birds feather. But his weblog has made me read a lot about birds and be inquisitive about them, and seeing them in different light. I even went to the Barnes & Nobel and picked up a book, to read in Barrow. I am learning that high Arctic birds are the specialty in Barrow, snowy Owls are common, seen a few before. I assumed they were snow patches, the first time I saw them. Also that spectacled and Steller’s Eiders are having their very short breeding seasons in June. Additionally, Yellow-billed Loons breed in the area. So instead of going hunting for seals and polar bears (I do not hunt but I follow Native American hunters, like one of my friends below) I will look for some birds.
But recent trip to a park, Lake Merritt, near my place I saw some birds and in response to Gallicissa’s wonderful work, specially the last post where he made Emma happy, I am posting the following. (I have put the names according to database searches I did, please correct if these are wrong.
I will be better prepared on my next visit and will try to take better photos. These are cropped chopped versions of large photos.
Hope RD will see some birds get rhythmic as he is in the isle now.
Black Crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax Order CICONIIFORMES – Family ARDEIDAE
Blue jay Cyanocitta cristata | Order PASSERIFORMES – Family CORVIDAE
Greater white-fronted goose Anser albifrons | Order ANSERIFORMES – Family ANATIDAE
Muscovy Duck Cairina moschata Order ANSERIFORMES – Family ARDEIDAE (ICUN RED LIST OF THREATENED SPECIES least concern)