Monday, February 29, 2016
Sunday, February 28, 2016
We can ID this plover as a Piping Plover as follows:
- Small and stocky with short and thick bill.
- Dull gray-brown above and white below.
- Orange legs.
- Dark eye isolated on pale face.
- The nonbreeding Piping Plover has an all black bill. This bill is starting at the base to turn the orange of the breeding plover.
We can ID this sandpiper as a nonbreeding Dunlin as follows:
- Long, black slightly drooping bill.
- Dark grey legs.
- Grey-brown above and white underneath.
We can ID these two sandpipers as Red Knots as follows:
- Apperance: heavy bodied, stout appearance, small head and short neck.
- Dark barring on flanks.
- Pale gray upperside and head and white belly.
- Black bill.
- White eyebrow.
The Red Knot is a new species to our Life List, which now stands at 273.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
We can ID this bird as a Willet as follows:
- Long, thick grey bill on large shorebird.
- Short white eyebrow.
- Grey legs
- Bird in flight shows striking black and white on wing.
It's very difficult to differentiate the Long-billed Dowager from the Short-billed Dowager. It is most likely a Short-billed Dowager, as they prefer mud flats on the coast, while Long-billed Dowagers prefer fresh water, but we can't be sure.
We can ID this sandpiper as a nonbreeding Sanderling as follows:
- Pale gray above with dark spot on shoulder.
- Clean white below.
- Black legs and black tubular bill.
We can ID this plover as Semipalmated Plover as follows:
- Bill is black with some orange at the base. If you look closely you can just make out the orange at the base.
- Legs are orange.
- Dark brown with white underside. This is the darkest of the small plovers.
- Small, plump bird.
We can ID this plover as a breeding male Wilson's Plover by the following:
- Very large black bill.
- Dull pinkish legs.
- Complete black neck-ring (the female has a brown neck-ring).
Friday, February 26, 2016
The male Blue-winged Teal on the right is in breeding plumage. It has the white crescent on the face. The female on the left has the dark eye-line and white eye-arcs.
The Glossy Ibis on the left is molting from nonbreeding to breeding plumage. Most of the body has turned dark brown with the wings glossy blue-green. The Little Blue Heron is on the right.
The first photo shows a male American Wigeon in breeding plumage. In the second photo the male in breeding plumage is on the right and the female is on the left.