Monthly Archives: October 2010

Sparrows arrive in abundence

Wintering sparrows are getting here in big numbers. The Wakarusa Wetlands have been very active over the last few weeks. I’ve been seeing song sparrows, white-throated sparrows, white-crowned sparrows, and more. I’m sure the juncos are right around the corner. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Grebes

I love grebes. I love seeing them in intimate pairs like these two and their thoughtful expressions are extraordinary. Sadly, many grebe populations are threatened by pollution and disturbance of habitat. They are particularly in danger from oil spills. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Outnumbered

Along with the pelicans and cormorants, the lake is busy with coots. They are everywhere! Today, we watched hundreds move along the shore. A pelican investigated to see what was so interesting about this particular part of the bank. One brave lone coot decided to see what the crows were up to. They were eating a fish until a turkey vulture came over to claim it. They thought they would be able to trick him/her into leaving, but it didn’t work. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Pelicans!

With all the lovely weather lately, it has been a joy to sit out at the lake and watch the hundreds of pelicans (and cormorants) migrating through. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Gulls

I think there are more gulls here right now than people. They outnumber us, and that’s a good thing. More pelican pics later. 🙂 Click on pictures to enlarge.

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