Last Saturday morning I left home early to get down to El Franco Lee Park, where I was hoping to see a range of wading birds and ducks and perhaps a Bald Eagle.
A walk along part of Nature Trail 2 gave me good views of the water but all I saw were a few Northern Shovelers and a lot of American Coots (below).
Back at the gazebo, scores of White Ibis were wading next to numerous Great and Snowy Egrets.
Before leaving I spent a while looking for the Say’s Phoebe that has been hanging out there for some weeks. It didn’t take long to find the bird, and I was pleasantly surprised when it let me take photos from only 30 feet away.
My trip hadn’t yielded as many species as I had hoped but even just getting to watch the Phoebe made the visit worthwhile.