Thursday, May 1, 2008


One of the few things cuter than a Snowy Plover is a baby Snowy Plover. We spotted several of them at Bolsa Chica (in the fenced-off area just across the footbridge from the parking lot) during a short pre-work birding fix today.

Almost as endearing was a pair of courting Least Terns nearby: one (I assume the male) was desperately proffering fish to an uppity female, who'd then walk in snooty little circles around him for several minutes before deigning to accept his gift.

Less cute was the large dead seal lying belly-up by the water's edge, and the presence of hungry-looking American Crows nearby. We had originally come to find the equally non-cute Gull-billed Terms (which are known predators of Least Tern eggs), but only got passing glimpses of random odd-looking Terns that might have been them. I should have brought my spotting scope.

But... if that little baby Snowy isn't the cutest thing ever, I don't know what is!

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