PWA Calendar Available at the Petaluma Visitors Center

PWA Calendar Available at the Petaluma Visitors Center

The 2018 Petaluma Wetlands Alliance calendar is now available at the Petaluma Visitors Center. Each month on the calendar has a photo of a bird you are likely to see that month in the Shollenberger Park Wetlands. Brilliantly photographed by Bob Dyer, these photographs...
Chapter 6 of Bob’s Wildlife and Birds – Mute Swans

Chapter 6 of Bob’s Wildlife and Birds – Mute Swans

From Bob Dyer email 10-2016 MUTE SWAN The mention of “swans” in the mind of many adults, conjures up a mental picture, probably similar to the one above. These are the graceful creatures of fairy tales and legend. They are probably the most imaged bird in the...
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...

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