Today we have the second set of bird photos taken by Joe Dickinson on a recent visit to the Merced National Wildlife Refuge in in the California Central Valley near Los Banos (the first set is here). Joe’s captions are indented.
This great blue heron (Ardea herodias) looks to me like it has some blood on its beak. Probably scored a gopher or mouse recently.
This is a yellowlegs, probably lesser (Tringa flavipes).
A congregation of coots (Fulica americana). I just decided that that is the appropriate collective term for coots.
This and two following, more sandhill cranes (Antigone canadensis).
And more geese all the way down.