The birds of Lake Murray in La Mesa, California
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Less than a mile from where I live is Lake Murray, part of the gigantic Mission Trails Regional Park system.
It’s a large reservoir that offers boating, fishing, and, most importantly to me, bird watching. I’ll often walk, bike, or drive over there to feed the birds — American coots, Canada geese, swan geese, mallards, rock pigeons, California gulls, and cormorants. It’s a major stopping point for migrating birds; 149 different bird species have been sighted at the lake, including the endangered
With all the rain we’ve had these last three days, I decided to stop by this afternoon to check on the lake. It was full, overfull, in fact. That meant that lots of birds were enjoying themselves, especially the American coots:
Some of the birds that I’m making an effort to identify when I’m out are the gulls and terns, more commonly simply known as seagulls. Today I found the following bird and recognized it as one that I didn’t know:
My National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America (p. 198) seems to indicate that it is the second winter coloring of a ring-billed gull. Up until recently a “seagull” was a seagull, but I’m making a sincere effort to learn my local wildlife.
Posted on March 19, 2012, in Birds, Fauna, Mother & Father Nature, Out & About, Photos, Picture of the Moment and tagged american coot, california gull, canada goose, cormorant, la mesa, lake murray, mallard, mission trails regional park, rock pigeon, swan goose, tri-colored blackbird. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.