Thursday, October 12, 2006

72. White Pelican

I'm getting very close. I've got a serious shot at making this pan out, and if I do, it's going to be one of the first resolutions--serious ones at least--that I've ever kept. (My other resolution for 2006? Competing in a triathlon? Not so much.)

Last week, just by Marin Honda, with a gorgeous view of San Quentin in the background, we saw several White Pelicans. I see Brown Pelicans pretty frequently, but these may have been the first Whites I've ever seen here in the Bay Area.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

71. Wrentit

Also seen in Redwood, the Wrentit is an itty-bitty little bird, and it seems grumpy. Again, this was an easy I.D. thanks to park signage.

70. American Dipper

The Dipper is a funny little bird. We saw several of them in Redwood National Park. It was a pretty easy I.D., as a large sign at the trailhead showing fauna found in the area had a picture of the same bird we would then repeatedly see over the next couple of miles along the trail.

69. Hairy Woodpecker

This might have been a Downy, but I'm relatively sure due to the size that it was a Hairy. We saw several of these in the Rogue River area in Oregon.

68. Clark's Nutcracker

Yet another Jay. These birds were also all over Crater Lake. Named for William Clark, they didn't make the racket that I'm used to hearing from Jays.

67. Gray Jay

Spotted repeatedly at Crater Lake. One came and sat just above us on a branch--not four feet away--spying on us while we flailed and flailed at getting our broken bear box open.

67. Stellar's Jay

"Thief! Thief!"

We saw plenty of these in the mountains. They were everywhere.

66. Blue Grouse

We spotted several of these on the trip up North. This particular bird was on Mt. Scott at Crater Lake. The first time I saw one, it completely freaked me out--it looked like Forest Chicken. An interesting bird, the ones we saw (in multiple locations) seemed nearly unafraid of humans. The three on Mt. Scott came walking down the hill to us, and marched around us on the trail, ignoring us, and off down the hill. They came within three feet or so of us and were completely unconcerned.