OK, fellow bird geeks: get your scopes and binoculars ready: The Great Backyard Bird Count starts tomorrow!
Last weekend I took a bird-watching stroll down at the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve. As its name implies, it's right down at the Mexican border.
We saw a juvenile harrier (also several hawks and a kite).
The endangered clapper rail is there on the right with his duck friends at left. Their numbers have dipped disastrously with the loss of estuarine and wetland habitat.
That is a curlew up there...super-long and pointy beak. My beloved little Canon Elph camera really isn't the right equipment for this sort of thing, but hey!
And a little Anna's hummingbird. We also saw a great egret, a snowy egret, a godwit, phoebes, and of course sparrows and finches. And bunny rabbits, on the menu for all of the circling raptors.