For lunch today, Sarah & I got sandwiches in the Inner Sunset and went to Stow Lake to see what birds were afoot. Sarah walks there nearly every morning and has seen numerous chicks recently, so I brought along my camera to see what I could see.
Canada Goose gosling
A pair of Canada Geese had 7’ish goslings with them, closely watching them against the calling Red-tailed Hawks, Red-shouldered Hawks, and numerous Western Gulls that were nearby. Not past where they were Sarah showed me a Pied-billed Grebe nest. At midday the youngsters were mostly tucked under mamma, but they occasionally poked their cute stripey little heads up – Pied-billed Grebes are small birds to begin with, and their young are truly tiny! Unfortunately the lighting was poor and the birds were fairly deep in brush, limiting photo ops.
Pied-billed Grebe and chicks
As we ate our sandwiches, several Steller’s Jays came to see if we were giving out handouts (we weren’t), as did a half-dozen Brewer’s Blackbirds. The gulls and pigeons, fortunately, stayed away. A couple of Violet-green Swallows flitted about, and several Great Blue Heron nests showed peeks of their weeks-old youngsters.
While we were admiring the Pied-billed Grebe nest, a female Mallard with 8 ducklings in a row came out of the bushes, saw us, and hurried back – I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many young birds at one time! Great Blue Heron, Canada Goose, Mallard, and Pied-billed Grebe – wow!
Great Blue Heron and juvenile
Alas, work beckoned, and I couldn’t stay to photograph to my heart’s content, which I would have loved to have done! I must return as often as possible to see if I can get excellent photos of the PBG chicks.
– Brewer’s Blackbird
– Canada Goose (with chicks)
– Great Blue Heron (with chicks)
– Mallard (with chicks)
– Pied-billed Grebe (with chicks)
– Red-shouldered Hawk
– Red-tailed Hawk
– Rock Pigeon
– Steller’s Jay
– Violet-green Swallow
– Western Gull
() = domestic/released bird