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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Photos from California - August 2016

         We are staying at our son's house in Tehachapi, CA to help out during my daughter-in-law's back surgery. We spent the first nine days of August in Tehachapi before her operation just cruising around town and getting some things done ahead of the surgery. The following are some photos from around the area.

Acorn Woodpecker

Acorn Woodpecker Cache Tree

Female American Kestrel

Anna's Hummingbird

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Black-tailed Jackrabbit

Brewer's Blackbird

Buddist Temple in the Mountains

Grandson Max inside Temple

Supposedly meditating

Ringing the Peace Bell

Another one of the Temple Buildings

Two species of Dragonflies

Scenic shot of Galileo Hills - a well known birding sight in Kern County

Fire fighting Helicopter gathering water from Brite Lake

Lark Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Lawrence's Goldfinch

Female Lawrence's Goldfinch

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

Sharon admiring the windmills along the Pacific Crest Trail

Loggerhead Shrike

Peregrine Falcon at the Mojave Water Treatment Plant

Red-shouldered Hawk

Rufous Hummingbird

Say's Phoebe

Trump's HQ in Tehachapi

Possible Tri-colored Blackbird

Possible because when bird flew it showed neither a white or yellow wing stripe but the red color        looks deeper red than a Red-winged Blackbird

Enjoying some pool time

Violet-green Swallow

White-faced Ibis

Wilson's Phalarope

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Nickerson State Park, New York 2016

Nickerson State Park is on Lido Beach, NY (Long Island).  Here hundreds of American Oystercatchers, Black Skimmers, and Common Terns gather to nest. They are separated from the beach, and people by a rope line. Along the shore  can be found Great Black-Backed Gulls, Herring Gulls, and Ring-Billed Gulls.  I went there to take part in an Instructional Photo-Tour (IPT) run by Arthur Morris an internationally recognized bird and nature photographer (

Beach with Skimmers in the foreground. 
 Skimmers and chicks

Birding began before 5AM. The following was taken around 7:30 AM:

Common Tern adults, fledglings and chicks: 


We found a nest with two chicks that were  two or three-days old. They still had their egg teeth. The next day one of the parents was brooding a dead chick, and the other was gone. Not sure if it was a predator (feral cat or raccoon) or a sandstorm. During the night the wind  gusted to 30 mph.

Yes-it swallowed the whole thing, and then came back for more.