By Gary Bogue
Friday, January 6th, 2012 at 7:56 am in Concord.
Please send some bird watchers to Ellis Lake in Concord. There are so many interesting birds living there and/or passing through, I can’t do ALL the bird watching alone! I am turning into The Crazy Bird Lady of Ellis Lake!
In the last two months I have seen: an immature Great Blue Heron, two Great Egrets, a Snowy Egret with its black legs and “Golden Slippers,” Green Herons, Belted Kingfishers, eight Black-crowned Night Herons and twice, one immature Night Heron, Western Bluebirds, Woodpeckers, Flickers, what I think are Black Phoebes, Cormorants, two pied- billed Grebes, many ringed-billed gulls, Mallard Ducks, Coots, and couple of cross-bred Mallards(?), many Canadian Geese with two cross-bred. (One looks like a cross with a Snow Goose, the other looks like a cross with a common gray goose.)
There are more smaller species of birds than I can name, count or see, chirping and flitting about in the treetops. And then there’s the turtles, fish, squirrels, raccoons, and occasionally, otters.
Two weeks ago, right next to the lake and bicycle path, I saw a ring of gray feathers about 3 ft. across, very few entrails and a bloody Coot beak. No bones, no head, no feet. It was around 9 a.m. and the kill was very fresh. There were no footprints in the mud. Don’t know if it could have been a hawk or an owl who had just finished off a healthy meal, but the power of nature was clearly evident!
I am attaching a few pictures, although at this point, I have HUNDREDS! )
Susan in Cyberspace or walking around Ellis Lake, Concord, California
Crazy (like a fox!) Bird Lady:
You definitely need some help. Sounds like there are way too many birds there for just one person to look at and drool over.
OK, everyone … Time to head over to Ellis Lake in Concord and give this heroic bird-watching lady a hand. Here’s how to get there:
See you there! Bring your binoculars and Bird Identification book. /Gary