Birding Coyote Hills, October 2010

Birding seems to get me in a journaling mood, I guess because I'm more interested in the number of species. This was our first outing of the winter, mostly out searching for ducks, which we found in abundance. The most notable bird for me was the female Blue-winged Teal, which Sarah picked out of a group of other female ducks by noting its white eye ring and overall shape, which I thought was some impressive birding-fu. In addition to the eye ring, the female also has a light patch at the base of the bill. Both marks set it apart from the female Green-winged Teal and the female Cinnamon Teal.

The baby kings snake was also a treat. Haven't seen one in a while. And Jesus, so many pelicans! Giant white flotillas of them. Zero diving ducks, probably due to the shallow waters we were perusing.

Posted by kueda kueda, October 17, 2010 10:51 PM

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Willet (Tringa semipalmata)

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October 17, 2010

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American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)

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October 17, 2010

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Ánade Real (Anas platyrhynchos)

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October 17, 2010

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Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

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October 17, 2010

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Clark's Grebe (Aechmophorus clarkii)

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October 17, 2010

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Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

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October 17, 2010

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Ánade Rabudo (Anas acuta)

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October 17, 2010

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Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)

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October 17, 2010

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Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)

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Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

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Cerceta Común (Anas crecca)

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October 17, 2010

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White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)

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October 17, 2010

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Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

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October 17, 2010

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American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)

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October 17, 2010

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Cinnamon Teal (Spatula cyanoptera)

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October 17, 2010

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Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)

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October 17, 2010

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Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)

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October 17, 2010

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Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors)

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October 17, 2010

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Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

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October 17, 2010

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American Coot (Fulica americana)

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Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

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October 17, 2010

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Pato Cuchara (Spatula clypeata)

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October 17, 2010

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Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

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October 17, 2010

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Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

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October 17, 2010

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Garceta Grande (Ardea alba)

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American Wigeon (Mareca americana)

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October 17, 2010

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Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)

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October 17, 2010

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Say's Phoebe (Sayornis saya)

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October 17, 2010

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Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)

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October 17, 2010

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Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)

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October 17, 2010

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California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)

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October 17, 2010

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Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)

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October 17, 2010

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Calidris Sandpipers (Genus Calidris)

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October 17, 2010

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We've decided to call them "Leastern Sandpipers"

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Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

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October 17, 2010

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Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

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October 17, 2010

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Common Raven (Corvus corax)

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October 17, 2010

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Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

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October 17, 2010

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Dowitchers (Genus Limnodromus)

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October 17, 2010

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American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

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October 17, 2010

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White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus)

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October 17, 2010

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American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

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October 17, 2010

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Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus)

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October 17, 2010

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California King Snake (Lampropeltis californiae)

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October 17, 2010 03:40 PM PDT

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Just a baby, alongside the paved trail. We placed in the grass hoping it wouldn't get eaten by a passing hawk, jay, shrike, or any of the other myriad winged predators in the park.

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Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)

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October 17, 2010

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