Thursday, June 24, 2010
San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
San Joaquin is close to Mason Park so I stopped in on my way back and had a look at the first pond near the carpark. There were shovellers on the far side, house finches in the shrubs, quite a few starlings, hummers in the sage garden and several avocet babies. American Avocet chicks leave the nest within 24 hours after hatching. Day-old avocets can walk, swim, and even dive to escape predators. These little guys were foraging quite independently of any adult birds.