While strolling around the Doran Beach Bird Walk path, I saw this Great Blue Heron poised over the ice plant - until it struck quickly and pulled out a small mouse!
Small flock of Canadian Geese at a pond in one of the Windsor parks
The Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility in Petaluma has created a wetlands environment as part of its water treatment...this includes a series of small ponds, where birds are encouraged.
A red-shouldered hawk flew over
The Brown Pelicans were diving for fish, over and over again, on a beautiful, clear afternoon following two days of rainy weather....
OK, these might be the trippiest birds I have seen yet...I think they are not very common, either...seen in the pond at Shiloh Regional Park, Windsor.
Elsewhere on the property...golden-crowned sparrows join in the berry feast (below):
Large flock of small shorebirds descended on the shore along Bodega Bay Harbor
A little ways off was a large group of Marbled Godwits, with the occasional Willet (gray bird in front) among them - Bodega Bay Harbor
Female Kestrel along the road circling the harbor, hovering at one point
over the field in search of prey.
The small flock of black-necked stilts took a lap around the pond at my approach with the camera...
Meanwhile, in the back yard - a Say's Phoebe
Kestrels also eat bugs - found this out today, after getting this photo - insects are a regular part of their diet, and they can catch them in the air!
The robins have descended on one of the berry bushes in the back yard, they can strip these large shrubs clean of berries - once they start - within a few days!
Below: The property's red-breasted sapsucker, a kind of woodpecker - in back yard. Usually only see them in the Fall and winter, drilling and getting sap from the Acacia trees. This one here surprised me and landed on the berry bush trunk, while I was getting photos of the robins.
My first ever look at these shorebirds, like a Japanese ink drawing...
Cedar waxwings and yellow-rumped warblers still common throughout the park (above); when I pointed my camera at this red-tailed hawk, he or she became rather vocal, and then lept into the air from its perch (below):
Interesting the number of birds both States had in common...
The yellow-rumped warbler almost seems ubiquitous to both states right now...