It was a joy to find a group of 8 males and 2 female Redheads swimming in Lake Los Carneros yesterday late morning. They swam as a group from the north end of the lake toward the dam and then hid in the reeds along the southeast shore.There were also 6 American Wigeons, a female Bufflehead, a couple of Ruddy Ducks, the usual Mallards now lovely after their mold, and of course the resident Mute Swan and the swan hybrid. Some photos are at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/digolov/
Earlier I had visited Goleta Slough, which was quiet and beautiful, but I failed to find the Little Blue Heron, which I last saw on 10/12. I checked ebird and noted that the first report had been February 16th by Mark Holmgren. It's a question of timing, and I think it prefers a very low tide. I wonder if it will make its 1 year anniversary.
Dika Golovatchoff, Santa Barbara
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