Friday’s Feathered Friends- A walk by the slough

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Last week I met up with some local Audubon club members for a bird walk. Here’s some of the exciting birds we saw.

This first bird was a neat sighting. It’s a Graylag x Swan hybrid we discovered. The ebird monitor for Washoe county wrote me after seeing my images of the goose this. “Your documentation shows this is a “Domestic goose with a mix of Graylag and Swan Goose (aka Chinese Goose) ancestry. The dark stripe from the top of the head down the back of the neck, and the bulging forehead are Swan Goose traits, while the orange bill and a few other features are Graylag traits. ” P.H. Isn’t that interesting! It’s a handsome goose and several people we ran into while admiring and photographing it told us they named him. One family called him Barney, and another one calls him Harry. He’s quite the celebrity there.

Graylag Goose

Another exciting sighting was a large group of White-fronted Geese. We don’t see those a lot here so, we watched and photographed them for awhile too.

White-fronted Goose

Saving the best for last, and it was the last bird we saw on our way back to the parking before we finished up was the Immature Audubon’s Yellow-rump Warbler. This was a lifer for me! Isn’t it cute!

Audubon’s Yellow-rump Warbler-immature

I’ll be birding with friends this week-end and hoping to see lots of birds. I hope you all have a great week-end!

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more to come…

53 thoughts on “Friday’s Feathered Friends- A walk by the slough

  1. It is always so thrilling to get a lifer! Wonderful to see your yellow-rumped immature, Deborah, and impressive that you could capture a photo, given their flitty ways. The Graylag hybrid is very interesting, not only for its mix, but for how you found out about its background. We saw an abundance of white-fronted geese at the Sacramento NWR this year, so I’m glad you got to see some here. Thanks for letting us join you at the slough, it was fun.

    1. Thanks for coming along via the blog pics, Jet! That was a fun outing. This morning I went birding for a couple of hours and saw this season’s first Turkey Vulture. Spring is almost here! Can you believe they’re not here year round!! 😀

  2. Nice. The Yellow-rumped Warbler is the most common warbler in our area. They are often referred to as “Butter Butts”.
    The Yellow-rumped typically has a broken eye ring also called eye-arcs.

  3. That was a great outing! A bird with many names and a lifer too, don’t get much better than that. I think you should go with your own name and give it the name “Bird with many Names”! You got some excellent shots to the boot 🙂👍!

  4. These are very beautiful and successful photos of birds. You photographed two different types of goose. The goose with the white ring over its nose is a rather rare species in Germany.

  5. As I was looking at the photos you shared with us, what occurred to me is how many adornments us humans require to feel we are ready to face the world. And these gorgeous photos show the birds are perfect … just the way they are. Great eye!

  6. Congratulations on a great birding day, Deborah. These are all wonderful. I may see lifers without even knowing it. 🙂 I’m not much for feeding the birds but at one place in the Preserve you can (although not everyone follows the recommendations for the correct food). Your photos make me want to get to the Preserve again soon. Because of family obligations, I haven’t been there for months. 😦 But sometimes it’s just too much on top of everything else. I’ll just enjoy your photos for today. ❤

    1. Thank you so much, Janet! I’m seeing more and more signs at the parks up in Reno saying only feed the ducks and geese frozen peas, or lettuce and one park has a pond monitor making sure that’s happening. I don’t feed them either, and only put food in my feeders in the Winter since food is plentiful for them the rest of the year.

  7. Beautiful pics. Deborah with interesting info about this goose. It is great getting out with others who love birding and know where the best places are. The warbler looks very similar to our Thornbill.

  8. Congrats on the YRW lifer, Deborah! 🤗💃😊 They are so cute and entertaining! I’m jealous with the White-fronted Goose which would be a lifer for me, been chasing sightings of one here and there around me for two months now. It’s never there when I get there! 🤦‍♀️

    1. Thank you so much, Donna! I feel for you since I have been there just last spring looking for a long tailed duck. I never saw it! 😭 I hope it returns this spring and I do finally see one. I hope you see that White-fronted goose too! I’m rooting for you!!

      1. Rooting for you too! Guess what, both the WFGoose and the Golden Eagle (always seen couple miles from the goose) were both seen again two days ago. Ugh! These sightings are just two miles from my home. I bet they’ve both flown over my house, trying to get my attention. 😉🤣 No luck yesterday, I’m going to check out the area again this afternoon while out. 🙂

          1. I thought I found the Golden Eagle, took distant photos and got home to find it was a juvenile Bald Eagle. lol I told myself while driving around that I probably passed the GE several times in my circling, and it was sitting there wondering what the heck that lady lost or is looking for! 🤣

  9. These are beautiful, Deborah. How nice of them to get back to you with information about Harry. Three wonderful finds, you much have been in your glory. Thanks for sharing your excellent photos! I hope you have a great weekend.

    1. Isn’t that something how some have named him. One lady brought food and was coaxing him out of the slough to hand feed him. I’m not so keen on that, but he was a happy goose! Thank you so much, Dan! I hope you have a great week-end as well.

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