A Good Day Birding

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I was able to get out to do a little birding this week, and it started out on a great note. When I stepped out my front door

this American Robin was in the uppermost branches of the Ginko Tree in my front yard. I took that as a good omen!

American Robin

Once at the pond I had a good walk-about, and found a couple types of Grebes, and many other wintering birds along with the regulars. Here are several I observed.  I have many more I’ll be sharing in the coming days.

Pied-billed Grebe Adult Winter

Pied-billed Grebe Adult Winter

Eared Grebe Winter

Eared Grebe Adult Winter

Hooded Grebe Adult Winter? I’m not positive what type of Grebe this is. Can anyone ID it for me?

Horned Grebe

Black-necked Stilt

Black-necked Stilt

Greater Scaup

Greater Scaup

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More to come…

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Tufted Duck

Tufted Duck, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004-.

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My friend Phil sent the link to the article about this Tufted Duck that migrates to Oakland rather than where he’s supposed to go which is Asia. Phil and I both had Thurs. afternoon free so we met at Merritt Lake to find him. The folks in the resource center were really great, they gave Phil a direction to go look. Lake Merritt is pretty big!

We went too far or so we thought so we backtracked and there he was! He swam right to us. Probably expecting us to throw in some bread crumbs. It didn’t take him long to realize we weren’t going to feed him so he swam toward the other side of the lake. Phil and I went that way and caught up with him again. It’s so neat to see native birds, even more exciting to see a rare one! My bird book says,
Rare Eurasian vag. that shows up in coastal states; accidentally well inland; often with Scaup (especially with Greater Scaup).” Stokes Field Guide Birds of No America

He is hanging around with a flock of Scaup. He blends in really well. Thank you Phil for sharing the article and letting me go with you to find him!

“Tufted ducks usually live in Asia. But each year, one ditches his flock and heads for Oakland instead. The same duck, year after year. While millions of his brethren are wintering in Thailand, he is happily paddling along Lake Merritt.”~

Read more: www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Lone-birds-of-their-specie…

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