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...
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 Seen Today

Red Shouldered Hawk Pair Seen Today

From Bob Dyer:  I saw a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks on a eucalyptus tree at Ellis Creek today. There is an old nest there that several breeding pairs have used before.   Are they friends or lovers?  The one at left is probably female as they are...
Greater Scaup Appearing In Shollenberger Pond Now

Greater Scaup Appearing In Shollenberger Pond Now

From Bob Dyer: The most numerous duck at Shollenberger now is the Greater Scaup. They traditionally show up later than most other migratory ducks. As you can see, the male (colorful) and the female (brown) almost look like they were different species. They mostly hang...

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