Cattle Egrets, Blenheim Sewage Lagoons, October 25, 20016
We don't get many cattle egrets in our area but there are four at the local sewage lagoons. (Birder's go to the nicest places.) We saw two but they were skittish and flew between cells without letting us get close.
Cattle Egrets follow large animals or machines and eat invertebrates stirred up from the ground. They will fly toward smoke from long distances away, to catch insects fleeing a fire.
Wilson’s Snipe look so stocky thanks in part to the extra-large pectoral (breast) muscles that make up nearly a quarter of the bird’s weight—the highest percent of all shorebirds. Thanks to their massive flight muscles this chunky sandpiper can reach speeds estimated at 60 miles an hour.
Recently I found out that the brown crowned white crowned sparrows were the immature ones.
Makes more sense that a brown crowned white crown.
Because male White-crowned Sparrows learn the songs they grow up with and typically breed close to where they were raised, song dialects frequently form. Males on the edge of two dialects may be bilingual and able to sing both dialects.