Cattail Cove State Park, some things just from daily observations, some things from research, and some things from participants on the bird walk. This piece of new knowledge came from a participant a few weeks ago. We were watching a couple of Common Merganser females swimming along the surface of the water with their head partially under water like this photo I took today. I hadn't given it much thought, but the participant asked if the duck was possibly looking for fish. The light went on, of course! As you may notice her head is just under the surface to the point of allowing the eye to see under water.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Monday, February 12, 2018
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Friday, February 9, 2018
Common Goldeneye (immature male)
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
On Monday Feb 5th, I decided to take the people on my Bird Walk up to see the owl. I had people from California, Washington, Oregon, and Colorado. The California people were Mike and Jan Wacker from Chico who had attended my bird walks at Buckskin Mountain years ago, and have continued to stay in contact with us. I wasn't 100% sure the owl would be there, but it was, and everyone was delighted. I am now some what certain we have a nesting female. It even appears she has managed to move a rock to the front of the cave. You can notice the difference by looking at the former post. Perhaps her lower profile suggests she is sitting on eggs. I will continue to update as soon as we are back at Cattail Cove, right now we are taking couple of days off in Parker to bird with John West at Ahakhav Tribal Preserve, see the bird list here, and shop for groceries.