Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Snowy Egrets at Palo Alto Baylands

The other day I posted the photos of the black-crowned night herons nesting at the Palo Alto Baylands. While walking around between the ranger's station and the fenced-in migratory bird area I saw these strange looking geese. Canada geese they are not! And as far as I can tell I would say they are "hybrid" geese. If anyone in blogland can identify these birds for me I would be appreciative. Meanwhile, we'll just call them hybrid geese. Feel free to click on any of the photos to get a larger view.

This pair of snowy egrets were in the palm trees closest to the pathway, closest to the fencing. And as I said last year seeing these birds nesting in palm trees, I never would have believed it if I didn't see it with my own eyes. Imagine, snowy egrets nesting in palm trees. Only in California (and possibly Florida).
This water area was also behind the fenced-in area, not far from the palm trees. Notice the flora looks like chaparral - shrubs between the water source and the palm trees.
This picture shows the chaparral and the base of one of the palm trees in the background. I guess you can say these Canada Geese were "visiting" the snowy egret rookery area. It seems that neither species was upset about the other sharing their territory.

10 comments:

adampaul said...

Hi Mary,

Good photos! The goose is definitely a mutt goose, with a lot of Greylag Goose in its ancestry - they're all over the Duck Pond area @ the Baylands.

Shellmo said...

The snowy egret is so beautiful!

Mary C said...

Hi Adam - thank you! I'm really glad to know about the geese. I like the term "mutt" goose. And I've never heard of Greylag geese before. Were they introduced here in this country, possibly as a game bird of sorts? I just checked Google and went to a couple of listed sites, and it looks like these birds are from (I think) India. Definitely hybrids, or as you put it "mutt."

Mary C said...

Hi Shelley - thank you. I also think the snowy egrets are beautiful. I guess it must be something about pure white feathered birds.

mon@rch said...

I just love Snowy's . . actually we have one flying around the buffalo area!

RuthieJ said...

Nice pictures, Mary. Those egrets sure are beautiful.

Mary C said...

Hi Monarch - they really are cool looking birds, aren't they.

Hi Ruthie - thanks. And I agree those egrets are beautiful.

Mary said...

Mary, that second photo of the egrets is fabulous! I enlarged it for beautiful detail. Your birds are all lifers for me.

I'm sorry about your smokey, ashey, valley. We are all suffering, somehow. But we'll all survive and get through it!

Mary

Mary C said...

Hi Mary - thanks - glad you enlarged it - it is amazing how much more we can see when we "zoom" in on the photos. As for all of us surviving - you got that right! I sure hope you've gotten some rain in the last few days.

Kathiesbirds said...

Cute post, espceially with your "mutt" geese. Thanks for visitng my blog again. It's always nice to see you! Happy Birthday to your daughter also!

 

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