California, Here I Come

Hey, folks, California needs water.  That is the first priority when looking for birds.  Found a few here and there in the desert.

20171222 bluebird Lake Skinner CA _

Bluebird at Lake Skinner

20171222 Coot Lake Skinner _

Coot at Lake Skinner

20171222 fox sparrow Lake Skinner CA _

Fox Sparrow at Lake Skinner

20171223 black phoebe Hemet CA _

Black Phoebe near the pool in Hemet

20171223 Harrier San Jacinto Wildlife Area CA _

Harrier hunting near the ponds in San Jacinto Wildlife Area

20171223 northern shovelers San Jacinto Wildlife Area CA _

Northern Shovelers in the pond at San Jacinto Wildlife Area

20171224 Ducks, domestic Tewinkle Costa Mesa CA _

Domestic ducks in the pond at Tewinkle Park, Costa Mesa

20171224 mallards Tewinkle Park Costa Mesa CA _

Mallards in the pond at Tewinkle Park, Costa Mesa

20171224 wigeon Tewinkle Park Costa Mesa CA _

Wigeon changing position in the pond at Tewinkle Park, Costa Mesa

20171225 Hummingbird Hemet CA _

Anna’s Hummingbird male eyeing a mate, Hemet near feeders and water

20171225 Hummingbird Hemet CA 2 _

Slightly molted Anna’s Hummingbird female, the object of affection from the bird above

How to Groom An Eagle

Went to Eagle Mecca.  Was fascinated by this first year eagle.  I’m sure it is a she.  She landed above me.  She may have just eaten because she preened and played and stayed.

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Incoming

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Beak cleaning

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Can I eat this?

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Maybe

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Let’s see

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What do you mean I can’t eat that?

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Oh, yes I can

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Time to preen the feathers

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Ahhhhhhhh

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Do you mind?

Clearing the throat

 

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Queen of the Dam