Sunday, January 31, 2016
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Friday, January 22, 2016
|Greater White-fronted Geese at the San Joaquin NWR|
|Greater White-fronted Geese and Aleutian Cackling Geese|
|Greater White-fronted Geese. The name comes from the white patch behind the beak.|
|Greater White-fronted Goose and a Snow Goose|
Conditions weren't the best for photography, given the overcast and late afternoon, so the pictures are a bit more fuzzy than I would like. But who cares, really? I was away from the hustle and bustle on campus for a few precious minutes, seeing beautiful creatures.
|Sandhill Cranes at the San Joaquin NWR|
It's still January, but I'm already feeling like they'll be gone soon, headed back north for the summer. I'll be hanging on to the precious moments while I can.
Friday, January 15, 2016
I didn't see all that many birds, but I think I saw the same hummingbird three different times. I was concentrating on getting pictures, but I had that feeling that I was being watched, perhaps in the way I was watching the hummingbird. It took a while, but I finally saw the hawk perched in the oak tree on the slope above. To the best of my knowledge it was a juvenile Cooper's Hawk (the "best of my knowledge" is a limited thing; it could have been a Sharp-shinned Hawk or other species)
The River Trail is certainly looking different these days. The trees are barren of leaves, but the grass is thick and green. It's been a while since things have been green like this. We have a few more storms on the way, and it would be nice if we could have an above-average year. The birds would appreciate a bit more growth along the river too.
Friday, January 8, 2016
|"I don't know either, but you can't have mine"|