Monday, September 03, 2007

Heat Wave

So I'm not entirely sure why I felt it would be a good idea to go birding in the middle of the day during a heat wave in Southern California, but I did. I went to Upper Newport Bay around 11:30 and the birds were suprisingly active when I walked up. A large mixed flock of shorebirds sat on the edge of the waterline and talked and milled around quite a lot. An osprey circling far off may have provided the reason for this afternoon activity.

The flock was comprised of avocets, marbled godwits, a few dowitchers and a lone red knot mixed with some ring-billed gulls, caspian terns and one or two elegant and royal terns mixed in. Moving on, some long-billed curlews were walking around lazily in the heat. I walked over to the Big Canyon loop trail to get under the shady cover of the sycamores, and found a very active and brave little wren who foraged for insects only a few feet from me out in the open and completely ignoring the clicks of my camera as I shot photos.

I birded for another 15 minutes or so, then the heat got to me and I began feeling light-headed, which I took at my cue to head indoors for lunch.

1 comment:

Doug said...

Fiery Skipper