Brown Shrike, Mountain Plover and Long-tailed Duck (OR, CA – 2/5/11)

Finally was able to make a run down for the long-staying Brown Shrike in McKinleyville, CA, last weekend. The bird was on the ocean side of the southernmost pond down from Vista Point. The bird was skittish and the lighting was awful …

 

I did much better with the Clam Beach Mountain Plover:

This bird was near a colony of Snowy Plovers. They’ve got to be in the running for cutest bird in the world …

At Jot Resort in Gold Beach, I dipped on the Northern Mockingbird, but found this close-up female Long-tailed Duck. In the excitement I noticed too late that the settings on my camera had gotten altered, so the shot is overexposed.

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