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Cryptic Coloration
Category: Birding at the Chico
If it didn't belie it location with periodic, double-noted teesee calls resembling Golden-crowned Kinglets, the cryptically colored Brown Creeper would be much harder to see.  A rare migrant on the Chico, many may be just overlooked as they hitch up or down the furrowed bark of a large cottonwood while using its specially designed, long curved bill to look for spiders and other arthropods. 

Songs and calls of eastern birds are noticeably different from those of western birds like the ones found in Colorado. 
Posted by Bill M. on 10/23/2010

Waterbirds in Flight
Category: Birding at the Chico
Sometimes it isn't until you actually look at your photographs that you realize what you were watching.  In this photo, two Wilson's Snipes fly with Mallards and Gadwalls on Rose Pond.
Posted by Bill M. on 10/23/2010

Bird Watcher
Category: Birding at the Chico
While trying to sneak up on a Marsh Wren, I was outflanked by another birdwatcher.  Neither of us were successful with our main objective.   Waterfowl are beginning to arrive with Buffleheads and Lesser Scaup joining the Northern Shovelers, Mallards, teal, and American Wigeon. 

Hopefully the cow I found stuck in the marsh was extracted by Duke and Jonathan.  It appeared to be in good shape still.
Posted by Bill M. on 10/23/2010

   
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