Posted by: atowhee | September 11, 2016

MORE BOATS THAN BIRDS

They looked like tennis balls on legs, not the sort of chicks to attract Donal Trump’s praise.  But precious and the first I’ve seen this summer. A family of California Quail on one of the dirt roads leading uphill from Scoggins Lake in Washington County.caqu-fam1-1280x960 caqu-fam2-1280x960 caqu-fam3-1280x960 malqwal-1280x960 malqwal2-1280x960

The lake’s surface was criss-crossed by motor boats, putting out noise and air pollution. Few birds could dare to share the water with the water skiers and partying boaters.  Just the Ring-billed Gulls, ever hopeful of a morsel or two tossed or lost overboard.

Henry Hagg Lake Park (Scoggins Lake) Sept. 10 – 5:40 PM. 9 species

California Quail (Callipepla californica)  12     family with ten chicks
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  4
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  15
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  7
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X

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