Thursday, July 1, 2010

San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

I'm getting pretty tired of the "June gloom". Dim light, white skies and an atmospheric soft focus filter take a lot of the fun out of bird photography, and by the time the skies start to clear at three or four in the afternoon, all self-respecting birds are napping deep in the shrubbery.

Bird List:

Pied-billed Grebe
American White Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Turkey Vulture
Green-winged Teal
Ruddy Duck
California Quail
Common Moorhen
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Caspian Tern
Least Tern
Black Skimmer
Morning Dove
White-throated Swift
Anna’s Hummingbird
Allen’s Hummingbird
Black Phoebe
Western Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
American Crow
Common Raven
House Wren
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch


  1. Please don't feel to disheartened Marj, for you are bringing to us information and images that nobody else would see if you didn't photograph them...keep up the good work

  2. Thanks for the encouragement - I'm here for another ten days so perhaps I'll get some good photos of the birds I'm seeing yet :-)