November 28, 2021

On the morning walk in the Bear Creek Greenbelt my better half and I saw a flock of Bushtits.  It’s very difficult to get a shot of one staying still out in the open!

Bushtit

Later in the morning I birded with a friend of mine at Main Reservoir.  We didn’t see the rarities du jour there, such as a Barrow’s Goldeneye and a Northern Parula, but we did see a Yellow-rumped Warbler and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet . . . in addition to plentiful waterfowl (Canada Geese, American Wigeons, Gadwalls, Hooded Mergansers, Mallards, Ring-necked Ducks, and American Coots) and the usual suspects (Black-capped Chickadees, Song Sparrows, and Dark-eyed Juncos).

Afterwards we stopped at another pond, just a bit smaller.  My friend, a keen observer, pointed out this Cackling Goose with eyebrows:

Cackling Goose

There were a dozen or more Redheads, who, like the American Coots, had to watch out for the circling American Wigeons who were seeking to steal a meal.

Here’s a Ring-necked Duck:

Ring-necked Duck

At the smaller pond we did not see the Greater White-fronted Goose that has been there recently.

Sometimes you get the crawdaddy:

Hooded Merganser (female) with crawfish

Sometimes the crawdaddy gets you:

Crawfish with Hooded Merganser (female)