American Coot, Chapter 3 of Bob Dyer’s Blog

American Coot, Chapter 3 of Bob Dyer’s Blog

The American Coot is clearly both the American and Canadian coot by definition, the only coot around, and scientists says it hasn’t changed much in hundreds of millions of years. it is a Gruiformes, along with the rails, and Common Gallinule. Its average...
Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher By Bob Dyer, April 2017, Chapter 2 of Bob’s Birds Female Kingfisher with orange belt. The Belted Kingfisher is the only kingfisher seen in California. It is 13″ long and weighs 5 oz.  It has a rattling call you often hear before you...
Common Gallinule

Common Gallinule

THE COMMON GALLINULE When I started “birding” about 20 years ago at Shollenberger, we called this species the “Common Moorhen”. It was renamed the “Common Gallinule in 2011 by the American Ornithologists’ Union. It is termed the...
Norris Robert “Bob” Dyer, August 20, 1935- April 3, 2017

Norris Robert “Bob” Dyer, August 20, 1935- April 3, 2017

 NORRIS ROBERT “BOB” DYER, 81  Contributor of most of the photos on this website and resident of Petaluma, California, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday morning, April 3rd, 2017.   He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years,...
Great-tailed Grackle Nesting, Ellis Creek, 2017

Great-tailed Grackle Nesting, Ellis Creek, 2017

From Bob Dyer, doing what he did best, sharing his love of nature, esp. birds:  GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE NESTING, ELLIS CREEK, 2017 My images of Great-tailed Grackle in the Petaluma Wetlands go back to 2006, about the time they arrived here from the...
Red-Shouldered Hawk Pair Are Building a Home

Red-Shouldered Hawk Pair Are Building a Home

From Bob Dyer: Well, looks like our Red-shouldered Hawk are old enough! March 28. You have seen this before. Female is left and male to the right. March 29. These pictures were taken from 10:15 a.m to 11:00. After the photos, I am providing some nesting...

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