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The wet and windy weather made finding songbirds somewhat challenging, although a surprise Rose-breasted Grosbeak showed up in a little clump of woodland. The wetland birds were easy to find though, with the highlight being a slough with eight Double-crested Cormorants and seven Hooded Mergansers on the water along with an amazing eight Great Blue Herons and three Black-crowned Night-herons all lined up in less than a hundred yards of shoreline - I guess someone is keeping the fish stocked up!
Here are a few more photos from the day's count:
|Black Tern, Chlidonias niger, not actually all that black but agrees that the weather is pretty crappy ;)|
|Wilson's Snipe, Gallinago delicata, more proof that Mother Nature has a sense of humour|
|Three Bank Swallows, Riparia riparia, arguing over personal space|
|Black-bellied Plover, Pluvialis squatarola, something of a spy shot of one of the day's rarer finds|
|I didn't see any Black-necked Stilts, Himantopus mexicanus, in the count area but this beauty was feeding by the road on the way home.|