The Salton Sea in Southern California lies 227 feet below sea level. It is the largest lake in California and shelters at various times of the year, half of the variety of bird species found in the United States. Millions of birds visit the sea annually.
American Avocets get their name from the Italian word ‘avosetta,’ which means graceful.
They are slender waders that feed mainly on crustaceans and insects.
Avocets used to be widespread across the United States,
but the species was killed off in much of it’s eastern range by the early 1900’s.
The Salton Sea is a critical habitat for these, and many other bird species, but the sea is shrinking due to climate change and increased human demands for water. Efforts are underway to help save the sea and the birds that rely on it. Time will tell if these efforts will be enough.
Cheers to you from the graceful avosettas at The Salton Sea~
Loggerhead shrikes sing beautifully, and kill quite effectively, resulting in a couple of common nicknames for them including, ‘the butcher bird’ or ‘the littlest bad ass.’
They kill prey like lizards by impaling them on thorns or barbwire fences. They are tough little birdies.
Despite their toughness, loggerhead shrike populations in California have declined 72% since 1967. They are designated a ‘California Species of Special Concern.’ Efforts by California’s Audubon Society are achieving some success in bringing California shrike population numbers back up. I was thrilled to see this very curious little guy who seemed almost as interested in me as I was in him!
Cheers to you from California’s oh so curious, and oh so beautiful, lethal-little-loggerhead shrike~
Australian tawny frogmouth sleeps while keeping one eye on me.
Bush stone curlew looks to the sky for inspiration,
and leads me away from the nest.
Great blue heron,
with fishing line snared on his foot,
walks by me warily.
Cheers to you from our feathered friends~
Note: I thought this was a great blue heron, but my clever blogging friend Eliza Waters, informs me it is a white faced heron. I am so lucky to have blogging friends like Eliza, and you. Many thanks to all of you. It is wonderful to be a part of all of you. Keep on blogging~