The San Eligo Lagoon just south of our California camping sites, is a favorite of many local birders (although I met none in three visits but did meet a good birder from MA) and it is easy to see why. An innovative reclamation site for treated wastewater, it has great trails and a wide variety of birds. Here are some that I saw while there.
The Anna’s Hummingbird was fairly common but a wonderful feisty hummer:
The Allen’s Hummingbird was a lifer for me:
As was this Western Gull:
Mourning Doves are common friends nearly everywhere we go:
The Willets in the west are lighter but still give their Willet-wing display when they fly:
Black Phoebes are fun to watch as they actively forage for insects:
The lagoon had dozens of American Wigeons like this handsome dude:
Northern Pintails, like this pair, are in lovely plumage:
And lastly, I’m including a fellow whose eastern cousins will be visiting Vermont this Spring. What’s not to love about Buffleheads?