Greetings from the Central Valley of California where it’s cold and rainy (for now). Highlights from birding yesterday include the Falcated Duck, a Eurasian form of Green-winged Teal, 8 Eurasian Wigeons, Golden Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Prairie Falcon, Merlin, 3 Ferruginous Hawks (2 light phase & 1 beautiful dark phase), Yellow-billed Magpie. For this Ohio birder it was also pretty exciting to see some western regulars like Anna’s Hummingbird, Spotted & California Towhee, Western Scrub-Jay, Lesser Goldfinch, California Gull, Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Golden-crowned Sparrow, and Cinnamon Teal.
So much for a rainy cold day in California! 🙂
Falcated Duck – digiscoped with Swarovski 80mm photo: Bruce Webb
Falcated Duc photo: Mike Peters
That duck’s looking pretty snappy! Did you have one during your big year?
yes, this is one very dapper duck. and no, i did not get this one on my big year. (i wish!)
Congrats on the Falcated Duck! Very pretty!