Below are more scenes from Ballena Bay this month. I’ve been doing my best to identify the local shorebirds but have quickly figured out obtaining a correct ID is tricky business. That won’t stop me from trying and I have been using several great tools in an attempt to be as accurate as possible. The Merlin Bird ID app from the Cornell Lab has been very useful. I’ve also been using inaturalist.org to get feedback from the community on my observations, which is a lot of fun.
Elegant Terns (Thalasseus elegans), (left), and Barnacles, (right)
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)
Juvenile Black-crowed Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) (left) and Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (right)
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) (left) and Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) (right)