Date: 3/13/17 9:59 am From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Subject: [SBB] Arastradero birds, pics
At Arastradero yesterday (3/12/17) midday on a beautiful spring Sunday parking spots were in short supply, and there were lots of walkers--but never so many as to make birding and photography less than great fun. Lots of springtime avian activity!
At the lake, the resident AMERICAN COOTS were in constant battle, "splattering," described in BNA Online as "coot runs over water toward its opponent with wings flapping while maintaining posture of the charge [ie, head down]. Pursued bird usually flees in like manner but with head elevated..." http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165119461
While I was watching the activity at the Acorn Woodpecker granary tree downslope from the Wild Rye Trail, I had another first of season photo-op, a handsome male VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW briefly perching: http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165117487