Thursday, January 5, 2017

Long Beach, Bolsa Chica & Newport

Snow on the San Bernardino Mountains, first in 6 years, really made it feel more like Christmas in Southern California.
White-faced Ibis

After the worship service at Cottonwood Church we drove east to the Santa Ana River in Anaheim searching for some special birds.
White-throated Swift

Black Brant

We birded twice at Bolsa Chica State Ecological Reserve - Dec. 26 & Jan. 2.  Excellent place to end the year and start a new birding year.  We ended 2016 with 511 species for North America and have already hit 100 for 2017.
Long-tailed Duck

Reddish Egret

Time for a close-up

American Wigeon

Green Heron takes flight

Perfect Reflection - Northern Pintail drakes

Redhead Duck

America Coot grabs a Sponge

Belding's Savannah Sparrow

Ridgeway Clapper Rail

Osprey grabs a very large fish

Least Sandpiper

In our last two weeks at Long Beach, we found lots of interesting birds, even though we are in an urban area.  Hikes along the bike paths to the harbor and along the LA River bring many interesting finds.

Cinnamon Teal

Bufflehead gets a Polychete 

Double-crested Cormorant not happy with Ty

Crab grabs Willet Bill or?

American Avocets

Eared Grebe

American Goldeneye

Whimbrel makes a big splash

Blue-winged Teal

Common Loon in Newport Harbor

We had one more opportunity to join up with Travis and Tina at Newport Harbor for a fun Duffy Boat ride around this extensive area.  Travis was our captain and pointed out many interesting homes of Hollywood stars along the way.

This is where part of Gilligan's Island was filmed at the entrance to Newport Bay.

We are now in Oceanside for the month of January.
Love & Prayers,
Ty & Ida Baumann

1 comment:

  1. That new lens takes some pretty sweet shots. Those Reddish Egret photos are magazine worthy!