Snowy Plovers, Doran Beach
A fellow Nikon photographer at Doran Beach kindly told me where to look for the Snowy Plovers - a small shorebird that winters in this area.
Back at home, a red-shafted flicker shows up at the feeders, and deck railing seeds.
Last year I saw these ducks in this same pond at the top of the creekside trail in this park - so when there was a recent report that they had been seen again, I didn't wait to hike in for some photos because they are such trippy looking birds.
There was also a small Green Heron on the pond
Grey days between El Nino storms...
No sun at the coast due to winter weather, but there was at the time, a very low tide, which had exposed much of the bay mudflats, making easy pickings for the egrets and herons.
Beautiful Loggerhead shrike landed on a fence post close to one of the main trails in the park. The shrike is a songbird with the hunting and feeding habits of a raptor, which accounts for its aggressive looking beak.
Little chestnut-backed chickadee on my deck railing, fluffing up against the outside cold - might be a first year or late summer fledgling, going through its first winter. I put some seed and nuts on the deck railing, and it quickly flew over and grabbed a peanut!
Two different hikes through Tolay Lake Regional Park, Petaluma. A great park for raptors.