Wading Birds like this oystercatcher are fascinating to watch. I photographed this American Oystercatcher in South America.
This Black Oystercatcher, near The Holler, was a rare sighting.
California has about 668 species of birds. The Holler, and nearby environs alone, account for approximately 500 of them, including a variety of waders. Little Blue Herons can be found near the coast, and are seen less often, closer to The Holler.
Majestic Great Blue Herons are common.
They sometimes show up at our front door!
Sandhill Cranes stand over four feet tall and are further afield.
They winter at The Salton Sea.
Snowy Egrets are everywhere. This guy was near the coast.
His green crab lunch was a bit crabby and hard to swallow!
I have heard quite a few Americans talking about moving to Canada, (including yours truly on occasion). But I never hear Canadians talking about emigrating to the USA. So I was very surprised when these guys showed up in force on Holler lakes. They haven’t been here before.
I also rarely see Canadians squabble amongst each other, but these guys certainly do! We were hanging out with a congenial group of happy gooseys, when all of a sudden, an invading nautical army launched themselves across the lake, to drive the peaceful gooseys away!
Come to think of it, they do kinda remind me, just a bit, of Canadian hockey players……
Anyhoo, the hockey player geese certainly did not hesitate to ram their way ashore and displace the more peaceful gooseys.
There was lots of hissing and honking, shoving, and general mayhem, just like a hockey game!
The peaceful gooseys were so upset by this hostile behavior, they just packed up their picnics, and swam away. I knew just how they felt. I tend to respond, to even a hint of conflict, in the exact same way.
The smartest goose of all, stayed away from everyone, hung out by himself, and took a nap on the hiking trail.
He made friends with my son, smart goose.
I suspect the fires up north confused these gooseys and they decided to fly further south and check out the real estate. Apparently, they liked what they saw, cuz’ there are a whole bunch of them here! I hope they decide to stay all winter, and come back every year, because I love Canadians!
Greater Yellowlegs migrate between South and North America.
They are striking birds,
who stride across deep lagoons,
with their distinctive,
enable them to hunt in deeper lagoons,
capturing the fish and insects they survive on.
Cheers to you from the stunning Yellowlegs at The Salton Sea~