Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Birding at Mono Lake

We thought we'd check out Mono Lake and see if there were any unusual migrants.  It was pretty much the "usual suspects" but still worth the visit.
Eared Grebe
The Eared Grebe are a common resident at the lake.
Northern Shoveler & Gull
There were several Northern Shovelers in eclipse plumage feeding among the ubiquitous gulls.
American Avocets
Meadow Lark 
Sage Thrasher 
If I have correctly identified this guy it is a new one for me.
I don't know what this bird is, probably a female finch, but it sure is enjoying those brine flies.
American White Pelicans
It was a pretty good day at this inland sea.  More salty than the ocean, the only creatures that live in Mono lake are brine shrimp and an abundance of  brine flies at the edge.

Find more of the world of birds at Wild Bird Wednesday, hosted for us by Stewart.


Gaelyn said...

Wonder if they're all attracted to the salty snacks.

Anonymous said...

Oh I love the Meadow Lark...very colorful.

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful ducks and birds and delightful captures as always, Martha!

Stewart M said...

They may be the usual suspects for you - but my life list would take a bit of a boost if I saw these birds!

Managed to get an afternoon off by starting very early in the morning.

Thanks for linking to WBW.

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

Dan Huber said...

Great series of birds I also don't see much of, unless through travel or a lost bird :)

Judy said...

Enjoy the birds while they are there... Winter is coming...

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It's a strange and eerie landscape, but so lovely in its own special way and obviously great for birding.