Monday, April 19, 2021

One of our favorite Winter Visitors, the BuffleHEAD!

February 10, 2012 by  
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Thanks to our bird buddy, Len Blumin: The Bufflehead is a small “Sea Duck” (in the tribe Mergini) that winters in large numbers along our coast, and inland on bays, rivers and ponds. The Bufflehead may be common, but he is a rather difficult subject to photograph. The unmistakeable male sports only the brightest whites […]

PoleWalking at Lake Merritt in Oakland

January 8, 2012 by  
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Join us on Friday afternoon, March 2, 2012 for a Nordic Walking training around beautiful Lake Merritt in Oakland.  This park has undergone an amazing transformation thanks to the voting citizens of Oakland.   Class is listed with the City of Oakland. Nordic Walking helps you walk with the attitude of youth.  Click here for a […]

Happy New Year Photo for 2012

January 1, 2012 by  
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From our nature buddies, Len & Patti Blumin, who do so much to help others enjoy the natural world: Wishing you all the best and brightest for the New Year. May your days be filled with birds and odes (both kinds). Seems appropriate to end the year with a photo of creature that almost never […]

Whether hiking or kayaking, this little gal…

December 22, 2011 by  
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…is frequently seen, but rarely for long enough to admire. From many bird-lovers to another, deep thanks to our bird buddy, Len Blumin: Today at Miller Point Boat Launch (Nick’s Cove, Tomales Bay) we got good views of a female Belted Kingfisher at the north end of the parking lot. These shy birds are difficult […]

Great Blue Heron

September 12, 2011 by  
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                              From my bird buddy, Len Blumin: One of the joys of revisiting favored spots and seeing familiar birds is that the birds are often seen in a new light and acting in unexpected ways.   Perhaps that’s part of what is […]

BIRDING: Another great post from our Bird-Buddy, Len Blumin

June 4, 2011 by  
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Okay, so it was as cold and rainy as a mid-January day in Fall City today (June 1!). But the glass in my scope was “half full”, so it viewed things as a beautiful morning for a California Quail, singing in a Buckeye tree along the entry drive to Audubon Canyon Ranch’s Martin Griffin Preserve. […]

Shorebirds are delightful to see when kayaking

May 6, 2011 by  
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Thanks to our bird buddy, Len Blumin!  We could not even hope to get such wonderful photos while in a kayak so especially appreciate your sharing of both photos and great info!  (be sure to click on the photo to enlarge and see the wondrous colors, click the back button to return to the blog) […]

Shorebirds in Northern CA

January 10, 2011 by  
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From our bird buddy:  Len Blumin (click on picture to enlarge): Let’s face it, some shorebirds are more attractive than others, and the tall elegant Greater Yellowlegs is near the top of the list of “lookers”, even in the dull winter plumage seen here. They are common, usually present in small numbers, and spend the […]

Birds in the Bay Area: The Elusive Clapper Rail

December 26, 2010 by  
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If you’ve ever been lucky (or patient) enough to see one of these elusive birds, you know how special they are! Photos and notes from Len Blumin: Two shots of the same bird, taken on the same day the video was shot. Most Clapper Rails I have seen have very warm orange color on the […]