The folks who joined us after today's walk for a chance at a look at the American White Pelican were not disappointed. We had some amazing up-close looks at the bird in flight, on the water, and taking off.
(A big thank you to everyone who has posted sightings of this amzaing bird!)
It was seen around lunchtime in the northwest corner of Gunnell Oval, swimming with a bunch of American Coots. With the marsh mostly frozen over, that it is a good place to check.
More on American White Pelicans here.
Ron Shields took this amazing Common Moorhen shot at the Kearny Marsh while kayaking yesterday. (Thanks, Ron!)
A quartet of birders found one of the Common Moorhens at the Kearny early this afternoon. They saw the bird to the left as they looked out at the marsh from the Gunnell Oval.
Best to bring a spotting scope if you go. Also there: Northern Shovelers, a couple of American Coots and a well-hidden Great Blue Heron.
No reported sightings of the Disposal Road Northern Shrike, if anyone is still keeping score, but did have an Am. Kestrel and a few Redtails and Northern Harriers (including a Great Ghost) along this birders' highway.
And, oh, we did see this Turkey Vulture on Valley Brook near the Solgar facility. He was looking longingly at a former rabbit lying in the road.
A quick visit to the Kearny Marsh last week in hopes of seeing a harbor heron (great egret with a gray band on its right leg and small transmitter on its left) brought none of those special birds.
But we did see several other great egrets, a bazillion dragonflies, some jewelweed, pennywort and foxtails.
We also saw a least bittern (below) zip past — always a nice bird to spot. Read more about the least bittern here.
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