Posted by: atowhee | December 6, 2013

INVERNESS DAWN

HERONS
That’s Great Blue Heron on the outer end of the pier. And the small lump on one of the inner pilings is a Black-crowned Night-Heron. They are backed by freezing fog at dawn. Last night the overnight temps even here by the Pacific at Pt. Reyes dropped to 28. IMG_0390 (1280x960)

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RB MERGS
Red-breasted Mergansers. They were in a small flock. Once in awhile they would all scutter across the water then dive simultaneously, apparently in pursuit of some school of fry that they alone could detect.
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SCAUP EAT1
Great Scsaup were feeding along the shoreline with their heads underwater most of the time.
SCAUP PAIR

SCAUP W-SCOTRAnd in this picture you can see the lone Suef Scoter among scaup, the bird on the far left.
GREG FLIZ Great Egret over Tomales Bay.
Inverness waterfront, Marin, US-CA
Dec 6, 2013 7:10 AM. 23 species

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 2
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 2000
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 2
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 300
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 1
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 50
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 20
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) 1
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) 4
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 2
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 2
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 1
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 1
Willet (Tringa semipalmata) 1
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) 50
California Gull (Larus californicus) X
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 1
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) 1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) X


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