Friday, September 5, 2008

Little Blue Heron!!

We went for a quick trip tonight to Smith and Bybee Lakes in search of the juvenile Little Blue Heron that has been reported there over the last couple of days. With the help of some fellow birders we met on the lake, we were able to locate the Heron and they even let us use their spotting scope. What a wonderful find! Here are a couple of really bad photos of the Heron.



If you look in the upper middle section of the photo, you can see what looks to be a very small Egret. That is the Little Blue Heron!


Here is a a very blown up photo of him.


Here's a photo of one portion of the lake. There were tons of birds there!


The bird on the left is a fledgling American Coot. The bird on the right is something that we haven't identified as of yet.

Here is a photo of (what I'm sure is) a Grebe of some kind. Again, don't know what type.


Here's just 2 of the dozens and dozens of Great Egrets on the lake.


Great Egrets with a lone Blue Heron.


More Great Egrets


Here's a photo of a Red-Tail Hawk on the way home. We were cruising down Marine Drive and had just a split second to photograph him. I figured all of the other picture from today are pretty bad, so why not this one too!
The next set of photos are of birds unknown....

hmmmmmm

Notice the white "eye ring"? Not a clue. I looked all over to try to ID this one and couldn't find anything that fit.

Don't have the slightest idea

I thought I could ID these two in the foreground of the picture because of the white near the bill. Again, I couldn't find anything that looked right.



The bird in the middle of the log seems very odd to me. He has an oddly shaped and colored bill and his legs are a bright yellow instead of the regular orange of a Mallard. The bird on the right side of the log also seems to have strange markings.

I couldn't find any info on a duck with facial markings like the one in the top of the photo has.

This one is probably stupidity on my part but I can't figure out which ducks have the purple and white markings on their wings (like the guy on the right).

I thought these were Mallards flying over me when I snapped the photo. After I downloaded them I realized that they weren't.

This photo just seemed to have a lot of different species in it. I just thought that I would post it and see if anyone can recognize any of the birds.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi there,
My wife and I along with another good friend were at Bybee this morning to see the little blue ourselves. It was a great trip. As for the Grebes, we identified these as Pied Billed Grebes.
Hope this Helps....
Brandon
McMinnville OR

Birdnerd said...

Some of your ducks are Northern Shovelers in eclipse plumage. They have massive bills which is the giveaway when their plumage is in such a confusing state. The duck on the log with the yellow legs is a young male Wood Duck.
Laura