At Otter Slough today there were so many waterfowl species (in
the pools near headquarters) that my eyes started crossing while trying to scan
them all. Refuge personnel stated they believe only about 15,000 Snow
Geese are present at this time with lots more on the way.
And then what jumped into my scope but a black swan.
WHAT? Yes, a black swan with a red bill. It's a beautiful bird but
rather tame as would be expected. Anyhow, I looked it up when I got
home and learned it's from Australia. And its very difficult name is BLACK
Even though it's a transplant I took a roll and a half of
slide film--just couldn't resist. Lots and lots of Common Snipe, a small
flock of Stilt Sandpipers and many many dabblers. Good birding! Bob
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