As I neared the entrance of the Slough (West side), I checked out a large tree where I had seen a Night Heron in late August. As I looked up, there it was. Of course, I had to take a look to see what other shore birds I might see. Near the reeds in the Slough, I spotted what might be a juvenile Black-Crowned Night Heron.
|Black-Crowned Night Heron|
|Black-Crowned Night heron|
|Juvenile Night Heron|
When I reached the town of Ocean Beach, I embarked on the hill. I don't know how high I walked, but it was quite a climb. After my uphill walk, I made my way down the local streets until I reached the Famosa Slough. I was pleasantly surprised to see that I hadn't missed the bird migration. Swimming near the front of the East side of the Slough, were two Western Grebes with strikingly long white necks. I always hope to see a bird I haven't seen before, so this filled the bill, no pun intended.
|A Bevy of Terns|
I was happy to see killdeers but they were too far away to get a good photo They have two stripes across their chests, giving the appearance that they are wearing sweaters. Hearing an abrupt flutter, I turned to see a flock of terns taking off. In another part of the Eastern side of Famosa Slough (near West Point Loma Blvd.) I saw a group of Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets, as well as a Great Blue Heron. An aloof Night Heron was posted on the incline above....like it was overseeing the group. Except for a few Snowy Egrets, they were all getting along. I've previously observed that Snowy Egrets are very territorial. In the two years I've been visiting the Slough, this is the first time I've seen this many so close together.
|Check out the wingspan|
Thus, I concluded my enjoyable three hour walk.
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