Traffic at Click Ponds can be quite minimal at times. A handful of common herons and egrets and Coots are always a guarantee Yet, I find myself there each week as it's quiet and peaceful and there's always a chance of finding something out of the ordinary. For the past two weeks, though, the ponds have been packed; I've probably seen more species in these past two weeks than I have over the past two years.
The White Pelicans have definitely been a highlight for me. With the ponds being so small, I've had a chance to watch these huge birds in action at close range. These migrating groups are most likely passing through as they make their way north. The first day I saw about 35 of them, a few mornings later there were over 150. By that same afternoon, they were just about gone. I arrived early on this past Sunday morning to find just this low key trio. I did wonder why they didn't leave with the large group.
No sooner did I look up to see a new group arriving. They flew past me to the west.
Then made the turn back towards the ponds...
and down they came.
I often saw the pelicans paired up with their fishing partners, Double-crested Cormorants. Check out the size difference in the bills of these two species below.
I'm pretty sure the White Pelicans wiped the ponds clean of all fish!
Many different species of ducks have also stopped by.
|Mottled Duck and ducklings|
|male Ruddy Duck|
|American Wigeon pair & Coot|
The lower water levels have attracted some long legged friends.
|Black-necked Stilt & Lesser Yellowlegs|
Thanks to this Stilt I was able to see just how shallow these ponds are.
There was even a pair of Bonaparte's Gulls hanging around. They seemed to be struggling to "fit in". They first to try to join this group of ducks, but that didn't go so well. Where did everyone go? Was it something we said??
The gulls thought maybe they would fit in better with the pelicans.
Many species are now displaying their breeding plumage.
|Great Egret in breeding plumage|
|Tricolored Heron in breeding plumage|
|Anhinga in breeding plumage|