Took an afternoon journey to Bolsa Chica in Huntington Beach on Sunday afternoon in hopes of photographing the American Bittern folks have been seeing again recently. Unfortunately I never seem to have luck with Bitterns of any shape or form! It was a great opportunity to spend a relaxing and beautiful day with my wife in Orange County though. There were two Reddish Egrets playfully prancing around in the shallows in search of food.
Lots of Horned Grebes with a smattering of Eared’s here and there.
And it’s safe to say that many of our wintering ducks have arrived with increasing numbers of Scaup, Bufflehead, Teal and Ruddy Ducks all arriving along our coasts.
One specialty we have here along the coastal salt marshes of California, is the Belding’s race of Savannah Sparrow (sometimes referred to as Large-billed Sparrow) which this photo clearly illustrates: