This is an Anna's Hummingbird. Check out the gorgous color on the gorget! It was an almost perfect match to the flowers. Anyone know what kind of tree that is?
Here's the same bird at leat partially lit up in the next two photos. When we came to the first pond I was delighted to see Long-billed Dowitchers. Lifer number 3 for the day.
Further out in the pond there was hiding lifer number 5 for the day, the American Avocet. They stuck to deeper water so it was harder to get good photos of them.
As we wandered onward we also saw lifer number 6 for me, the Neotropic Cormorant. You can tell it is a neotropic cormorant in the photo as there is a light patch just behind the yellow on the face.
In one of the ponds I counted something like 13 Great Herons. I'm not sure if they were all males but many were and they had beautiful breeding plumage. They were fairly aggressive toward each other. Here's a shot of one chasing a rival.
I got this great close up look at a Great Egret and I have to admit I never realized how beautiful their faces are. Check out that green around the eyes. Lifer number 7 for the day came in the form of a Green-winged Teal. We have these at home in Minnesota as well but for some reason I've just never come across them.
Lifer 8 for the day was a Snowy Egret. Look at those awesome yellow feet! This guy was hanging out with a bunch of cormorants.
Speaking of cormorants, at one point I could see a big bird in the distance but something didn't seem right. It looked too big. Must be two cormorants perched next to each other I thought. Toward the end of our hike I looked up in the tree and saw this.
That's what I was seeing from afar. That is a very dead cormorant. If you look closely up at the top of the wing you can clearly see a white and red fishing bobber. The bird was suspended from the tree by fishing line. It had gotten all tangled up. It must have been an awful way to go. There is one pond where the public can fish here and I'm guessing that's where the line came from.
My last lifer for the day was a Black-crowned Night Heron. I always seem to miss them at home so it was nice to finally see one. I have a photo but is isn't worth showing.
There were so many other birds we saw that day. We also saw, Pied-billed grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Canada Goose, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Redhead, Greater Scaup, Ruddy Duck, American Coot, Killdeer, Least Sandpiper, Mourning Dove, Black Phoebe, Verdin, Curve-billed Thrasher, European starling, Yellow-rumped (Audubon) warbler, Abert's Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch and House Sparrows.