One afternoon, in just one hour, I saw twelve different kinds of living creatures at a pond. Here they are, can you ID them all:
Top left are the Red-necked Grebes which I ‘discovered’ for the first time early this spring.
The ubiquitous mallard on the left second down, and at the bottom left, the American Coot.
The Franklin Gull on the upper right and below it, the Black Tern, which was so fast that I could hardly get a clear picture.
The red-winged blackbirds (third left down) as usual, called loudly and posed for me. The one big picture on its right is the female red-winged blackbird.
So what’s left are the bottom two… I was surprised to see a Grackle by the pond hiding behind the cattails, its head a beautiful, iridescent blue:
But the highlight of that one hour at the pond, two kinds of herons together, the Great Blue Heron and the Black-crowned Night Heron. Unfortunately I did’t have a clear pic of them both. They were hanging out and flew away together as I tried to get a few steps closer. That was the first time I saw a Black-crowned Night Heron, well, without the crown here:
The Great Blue Heron with Franklin Gulls accompanying:
And the two Herons flew away together:
Didn’t I say twelve different kinds of living creatures? There are ten in the first tiled gallery. Well there was a beaver but I wasn’t able to capture it in picture as it dived and swam away. But this one I had lots of time to get my camera ready: Human
The birds didn’t seem to mind the loud choo-choos. So, let’s give an air elbow bump, live and let live.