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Baby Canada Geese at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, California

They’re everywhere! They’re everywhere!

Out & About

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As much as I love going to the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, and SeaWorld, there’s still nothing like seeing wildlife in the wild. Except I’m pretty sure that I would not want to see a mountain lion mommy and her little one while I was out hiking by myself. Nonetheless……….

I remember when I stumbled upon my first Canada Goose here in San Diego in 1996. I thought the poor thing had a serious deficiency in its map-reading skills (GPS wasn’t on the scene yet). Thirteen years later and I know that the Canada Goose is resident in all the lower 48 States as well as Canada.

In the 38 years I lived in Texas, I never saw a Canada Goose in the wild, yet the whole state is covered with “I live here in the Winter” blue in my National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America. San Diego is covered in the same winter blue, but I can tell you that there are many Canada Geese that live here year round, such as the two in the following flash video. They have been here for several years, rain or shine, hot or cold, winter or summer:

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I suspect the same is true up in the Los Angeles area. It definitely is not winter in L.A. yet when I was at the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia a few days ago for my 19th anniversary, the only bird more prevalent than the peacock was the Canada Goose.

Canada Geese at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, California

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Baby Canada Geese at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, California

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Canada Geese at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, California

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Following are three flash videos of the Canada Geese at the L.A. Arboretum, including two little babies with mommy and daddy.

Remember that birds don’t have nationalities, so the plural of Canada Goose is Canada Geese, not Canadian Geese.

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Squirrel at Chollas Lake Park in San Diego

Today’s walk at Chollas Lake Park

Out & About

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Today I took some bread and the other half and went for a walk at Chollas Lake Park, an extremely nice park that I discovered last November 11. Some pictures of the park wildlife for your enjoyment.

Canada goose lost in San Diego:

Canada goose in San Diego

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This goose had wings that look like they were broken, facing outward:

Goose

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Some of the friendlier geese were nibbling at my hand even though I had given all my bread to the squirrels.

Goose

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Goose

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Goose

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Goose

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This little Muscovy Duck was chasing all the little children. I’m not sure who was having more fun, the duck or the children.

Muscovey duck

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There was a guy and gal throwing bread in the air and watching the gulls swoop in to catch it. I got a great video which I’ll post tomorrow with my South Bay Power Plant implosion video.

Flying gulls

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I saw more American Coots per square inch of water than I’d ever seen before. Reminded me of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. There are two mallards in the picture, too, a male and a female. Can you find them?

American coots

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Remember those squirrels I mentioned? Friendliest and cutest little fellas in all the world.

Squirrel at Chollas Lake Park in San Diego

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Squirrel at Chollas Lake Park in San Diego

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Squirrel at Chollas Lake Park in San Diego

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Squirrel at Chollas Lake Park in San Diego

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I found one goose that had clawed feet, something I’ve never seen before. After finding this bird, suddenly I was looking at the feet of all the geese and ducks. (Hmmm. Foot fetish?) This was the only bird with clawed, webbed feet.

Goose feet with claws

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The Queen of the House was not impressed.

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Cotton-top duck

New duck species……….?

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Some of us hope to leave a name in the world when we leave and move on. Some do it simply by leaving progeny. Those of us with no progeny have to find a different way to do it…..

….like maybe discovering a new species of animal or plant.

I think I did! I can’t find the following bird in any of the books in my wildlife library:

Cotton-top duck

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 Cotton-top duck

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I have named him a cotton-top duck. He was hanging out with the mallards, American coots, Canada geese, and what I think are snow geese, so who knows what he is? Until I get the DNA profile back from the Department of Homeland Security, I’ve placed him with the bufflehead duck since it’s the only duck I can find with a description “large puffy head.” So his scientific name is tentatively Bucephala cotton topus russelii.

Cotton-top was swimming around at Lake Murray where I often go to take a walk, feed the birds and squirrels, and take pictures:

Lake Murray

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He’s my duck, so don’t try to abscond with him. However, if you know what he really is, let me know. That way I can cancel the DNA profile with DHS……. they are expensive! lol

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Ring-billed gull at Lake Murray in La Mesa, California

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.

Lake Murray

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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
tri-colored blackbird.

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:

American coots at Lake Murray in La Mesa, California

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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:

Ring-billed gull at Lake Murray in La Mesa, California

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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.

Snow in San Diego!

In the eleven years that I have been making a living doing home inspections I have only had to do an inspection in the rain seven times. Interestingly, I’ve done two inspections in the snow, both right here in San Diego County.

Yesterday my inspection was out in Cuyamaca, a great retreat 6,000 feet above sea level where you can go camping, birding, boating, fishing, hiking….

Location of Cuyamaca, California

It snowed in the East County mountains two nights ago, with some areas receiving up to eleven inches of snow. Snow in the mountains means that the population of the City of San Diego drops to about 600,000 at times while the other 600,000 head to the mountains to play in the snow. I’m not one of them. I’m afraid that the heater in my car will stop working as soon as it sees snow…. Car’s way of punishing me for taking it out in the cold.

Cuyamaca is just 60 miles from downtown San Diego. Theoretically, that’s a one-hour drive. On any given snow day, though, that drive could take you three or four hours, due mostly to traffic on those winding two-lane mountain roads.

Following are a few snow pictures from yesterday’s journey to Cuyamaca.

The main road, State Highway 79, is just a two-lane winding road with lots of switchbacks:

Two-lane winding mountain road to Cuyamaca

There is no stopping on most of the road but where stopping and parking is allowed, it’s full on snow days:

Parking areas are full on snow days

When you find a line of empty cars, just look off to the side of the road in the snow to find the people who have abandoned their cars:

People playing in the snow

I couldn’t stop on the way out because I had a schedule to keep. Here’s the house that I inspected, except that I disclaimed the roof:

House in the snow

Once work is done, it’s time to play. First, go exploring the small roads through the neighborhood:

Road through the forested neighborhood

If you’re lucky, you’ll find a snowman:

Snowman

 On a snow day, the boats are docked, waiting for warmer weather:

Not too many boaters out today

The fields look beautiful in their white dress:

Field of snow

Can you feel sorry for a rock? This one looks cold:

Snow-covered rock

I wasn’t looking for birds, but I did find quite a few, including this Canada goose looking lost and forlorn, and speaking his mind about the snow:

Canada goose speaking his mind about the snow

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All pictures taken by Russel Ray using a Canon 550D camera and a 55-250mm Canon lens.

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