Below is a pretty picture taken late in the day. It's first up because it had a cute group of 8 Tundra Swans; a family group that just flew into the Central Valley here from the Tundra of either Alaska or Northern Canada. The pair on the left are the Swan parents, and to the right are the grey-ish juveniles, the 'babies' of the year. These six overgrown tykes flew wit their parents, learning the route.
|A family of Tundra Swans|
Here's a close-up with the parents on left, and 2 of the juvies on the right. You can better see here, how gray the juveniles are - they'll gradually get snowier plumage as they molt. These 'kids' will stay with Mom & Dad, and even follow them back up to the tundra come Spring. Then they will be in for a shock. As Mom & Dad start work on a new nest and family, they'll get grouchy, chasing their over-grown babies away, to start fending entirely for themselves, the poor widdle things.
|The little family will stay together though this winter|
|Snowies straight ahead, to the right...|
|and Snowies to the left...|
|Nice little Blue Goose|
|There are partially blue plumaged Snow Geese, next to the blue goose. Siblings maybe?|
So let's see... there were huge flocks of Swans, Snow and Greater White-fronted Geese, hundreds of pintails and not a few Northern Shovelers (a duck species). And more American Coots than I've seen in a long time; at least a thousand of them spread up and down Brewer Road. The big treat for the day however, was spotted, some distance away, on a farm berm. Looking at the photo below, there is an arrow pointing to a brown and white blob.
|Note the arrow pointing to the brown & white blob|
Only a few seconds later, the brown and white blob took off into the air.
It is surprising to see a Baldie so close to home. They've been spotted along the American River and that is where I expected to see one - didn't expect one while rummaging around along Placer County's Brewer Road.
|This very silly Gull chased after the eagle, trying to convince it to drop its lunch|
|Nothing like flying against traffic|
When I left Brewer Road and traversed Nicolaus Road with its Snowy geese, I kept going, ending up in Woodland and Davis. Didn't hit the Fazio Wildlife area because it was getting close to afternoon gridlock-time. Oh well, that'll be another day.
Here is a short clip of the Snow Geese, whose noisy calls give you the impression that the Bedlam is busy.