|Savannah Sparrow, Passerculus sandwichensis|
By the time I reached the hide I realized that digiscoping was going to be somewhat unnecessary - close encounters were to be the order of the day. Franklin's Gulls were standing on the pathway to the hide, and several Yellow-headed Blackbirds fed juveniles in the reeds beside the boardwalk. A pair of Forster's Terns were also nesting nearby as one repeatedly flew at my head. A family of Coots had their nest six feet from the path and swam about happily a little further away while I set up the scope.
|American Coot (and 2 very funky looking chicks!), Fulica americana|
|juvenile Eared Grebe, Podiceps nigricollis|