Waterfowl and sparrows are two areas where I struggle, and we saw plenty of both today. Want to help me with some of the identification?
First off we spotted a funny-looking duck, I believe it was a RED BREASTED MERGANSER?
Next a good sized flock of BRANT, along with some WESTERN and MEW (and possibly other) GULLS.
|BRANT and Company|
A pair of HOODED MERGANSERS posed within fairly easy range of my small lens. I believe this is a male and two females.
A large flock of NORTHERN PINTAIL were down toward the wooden bridge, along with a flock of AMERICAN WIGEON (no photos of the WIGEON).
This one we saw near the HMSC parking lot. Trying to go by the field guides, I was guessing a type of GOLDENEYE, but I won't be surprised if I'm wrong.
And here's one that I really have no idea. We saw it floating in the bay when we were driving along the South Jetty road on our way home -- help anyone?
If I get enough help with these, maybe next I'll try posting all of the SPARROWS that we saw today.
Thanks in advance!